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Former NFL wide receiver Hurd could face life in prison

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The Canadian Press
11/13/2013 1:32:39 AM
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DALLAS -- Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd is expected to enter a federal courtroom in Dallas to receive a possible life sentence for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.

He pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute cocaine and marijuana. He's scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Authorities say that while NFL teammates and friends knew Hurd as a hardworking wide receiver and married father, he was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on "high-end deals" and a need for large amounts of drugs.

He's apologized for his behaviour and says he was smoking and dealing marijuana long before his 2011 arrest outside a suburban Chicago steakhouse.

Hurd was a wide receiver with stints for the Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

Sam Hurd (Photo: Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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