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Raiders CB Daryl Worley sends heartfelt message to Jon Gruden whose phone call ‘changed my life’

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2018 NFL In London Game One Seattle Seahawks v Oakland Raiders Oct 14th Photo by Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images

Last April Daryl Worley saw his NFL career flash before his eyes. An incident that saw him so drunk while driving that he was passed out in his car in the middle of an intersection. He was then arrested and charged with several felonies including DUI, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Worley had just been traded this offseason from the Carolina Panthers who had selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft, to the reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles a couple weeks earlier. After the incident and the charges, the Eagles cut their losses along with Worley.

Not knowing what his fate would be, he would soon get a call from Jon Gruden. Even with what figured to be an inevitable suspension coming, Gruden and the Raiders wanted to take a chance on him. He was signed to a one-year deal and quickly became the best looking cornerback the Raiders had.

That suspension did come. Worley would pled guilty to several charges and was handed a 4-game suspension that started with the season opener. Once Worley returned, he was inserted into the lineup as a starter and up until he was lost to a shoulder injury prior in week 15, he had proven he was worth the shot Gruden gave him.

Monday he showed his immense appreciation for that opportunity on his Instagram page.


Coach John Gruden, i walk up to you every game after the national anthem plays, shake your hand, look you in your eyes and say “Thank You”. Idk if you realize why I do it, but i’m truly thankful for you believing in not only Daryl Worley the player, but Daryl Worley the man. For giving me another opportunity to play this game God has blessed me with the talent to play. When I was at one of the lowest points of my life, that phone call from you changed my life. 2018, Daryl Worley didn’t take any losses, they were the greatest lessons of my life.