Ex-Cowboy Sam Hurd sentenced to 15 years in drug case

Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison, punishment stemming from a federal drug case involving his guilty to plea to a single count of attempting to buy and distribute a significant amount of cocaine and marijuana.

The 28-year-old former NFL player was facing a maximum of life in prison and a minimum of 10 years under federal sentencing guidelines.

Law enforcement officials said the married father lived a double life as an aspiring drug kingpin.

"You had everything going for you," U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis told Hurd.

The Bears cut Hurd one year into a three-year contract worth more than $5 million following his arrest.

"I regret not thinking about the consequences," Hurd said. "I made some dumb, very bad decisions."

"Normally, when you dig a hole, you quit digging," prosecutor John Kull said. "But he keeps digging. He's not being prosecuted because he's an NFL player. He's being prosecuted because he's a drug dealer."

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