Following a recent six-month investigation by Sports Illustrated (SI) and CBS News that ran criminal background checks on nearly 3,000 college football players from the Top 25 ranked teams that revealed that 7 percent – 1 in 14 – of the players checked had criminal records, a blog on listed the ‘10 Craziest Arrest Stories of Players in this Draft Class’ that focused on the college football players who have had “run-ins with the law” that will be involved in 2011 National Football League (NFL) Draft that begins April 28, 2011.

  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #10: A Wide Receiver from Notre Dame who may have been considered a top three receiver in the draft but he has been arrested several times on alcohol-related offenses since 2009.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #9: A Quarterback from the University of Southern California (USC) – the school that produced NFL quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Matt Lienart, and Matt Cassel – was arrested on a felony narcotics charge earlier this year after allegedly trying to sell prescription drugs to an undercover officer.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #8: A Safety from Alabama was charged with second degree hindering prosecution after a single-car accident involving a car belonging to him. While the police knew he wasn’t the one driving the car, they needed him to tell them who was and he refused to admit his cousin was driving the car.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #7: A Quarterback from Arkansas was arrested for public intoxication in 2009 and has come under fire lately for possibly missing meetings with pro teams on account of allegedly being hung over from too much partying.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #6: A Defense Tackle from Baylor was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct because of a fight while playing at Penn State.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #5: A Linebacker from Miami was arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing, and resisting a police officer – all misdemeanors – but was also hit with a felony charge of resisting a police officer with violence.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #4: A Defensive End from Iowa was charged with assault in 2009 for beating up a cab driver and eventually pled guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct in 2010.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #3: A Wide Receiver from Pittsburg was arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent assault, summary harassment, and summary disorderly conduct for striking a coed on the buttocks while riding on campus bus in 2009. A judge cleared him of all charges earlier this year.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #2: A Quarterback from Auburn – a Heisman trophy and National Championship winner – was charged with felony counts of burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice while attending Florida after allegedly stealing a laptop computer from a fellow student and throwing it out his dormitory window when the police arrived.
  • NFL Draft Arrest Story #1: A Defensive End from Pittsburgh was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing a man through a plate glass door of an art gallery and continuing to punch the victim in the face even after a police officer arrived on the scene.

As reported earlier on ESR News in the blog ‘NFL Teams Use Background Checks to Help Draft College Football Players as New Employees,’ it is common for employers to use employment screening background checks to help them hire new employees. A recent survey from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed approximately 75 percent of employers – three out of four – used background checks.

If the employer happens to be an NFL franchise and the job applicants are college football players, the same background checks are useful in avoiding “bad hires” that may have a detrimental effect on business. Along with touchdowns and tackles on the field, NFL teams also care very much what college football players do off of it. For NFL teams, selecting a player in the annual draft is how they hire new employees. Like any prudent employer hoping to avoid wasting time and money on unfit workers, they look at the past experience qualifications of prospective employees, and perform background checks to ensure that they are making an informed hiring decision. Whether the employer is a pro football team or a small business, or the employee is a future gridiron all-star or a potential C-level executive, background checks help ensure a safe work environment and to avoid the costs of “bad hires” in both time and money.

For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), at

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco Bay area with a mission to help employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR is Accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent helping U.S. businesses maintain legal workforces. For more information about Employment Screening Resources, visit or email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].