Sharper, an All-America defensive back at W&M and All-Pro in the NFL, recently reached an agreement in which he agreed to plead guilty or no contest to raping or attempting to rape nine women in four states, over a three-year period.
"After a period of thoughtful deliberation, the decision has been made to remove Darren Sharper from the William and Mary Hall of Fame," athletic director Terry Driscoll said in a statement.
"We view induction into this group as the highest individual honor for a former William and Mary athlete," Driscoll's statement continued, "and criteria for selection include both athletic excellence and citizenship. In light of Darren's recent guilty plea, we decided his removal was the right course of action."
Sharper, a Richmond native, played at William and Mary from 1993-96. He was a two-time All-America defensive back, a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1996.
He was inducted into W&M's Hall of Fame in 2008. Inductees' photos are displayed in the Hall of Fame gallery on the concourse of William and Mary Hall. Sharper's photo was removed. His name was removed from the Hall's website and will not be included in future programs.
Sharper played for Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans in the NFL. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro, making the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s.
He concluded his career in 2010, amassing 942 tackles, 63 interceptions and 11 interception returns for touchdowns. He worked as an analyst for the NFL Network after his playing career.
He was arrested in January 2014 in Los Angeles on rape charges, after which previous rape allegations of other women in different cities came to light.
Sharper last month agreed to plead guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape of nine women, a deal that could lessen his sentence.
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