The Chargers’ 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year, Darrell Stuckey does as much to improve people’s lives off the field as he does wreaking havoc when he’s on it.
On the field, Stuckey was a fourth-alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after ranking second on the team in special teams tackles. Over the past five seasons, he’s recorded 59 special teams tackles while regularly facing double and triple-teams. In 2012, Stuckey led the NFL with six punts downed inside the 20.
A two-time Special Teams Player of the Year (2013 & 2015), a four-time Team Captain (2012-15) and a Pro Bowl specialist in 2015, one of Stuckey’s main devotions is the fight against human trafficking. In each of the last two years, he donated one of his NFL game checks to the nonprofit Not For Sale. Their primary fundraising program, “Throwdown,” helps protect women and children from trafficking and slavery.
Stuckey is one of the Chargers’ most-active players in the community. Since 2013, he has hosted a football camp at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City and since 2014, he’s hosted a similar camp at San Diego’s Westview High. In 2014, he hosted a free football youth clinic at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas, and he sponsors the K.C. United Pop Warner Football League in conjunction with USA Football.
In 2015, the Kansas City, Kansas School District presented Stuckey with the Reason to Believe Award, which is given to alumni who have made a positive impact in the community.
Stuckey is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. For the last two years, he’s hosted their annual golf tournament in San Diego.
Stuckey’s community presence is in high demand. This year, he served as a celebrity judge for programs in California that raised awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention. And last year, he was asked to be the featured guest speaker at the Marine Aviation Summit, and he was asked to speak on a panel at another event about race in sports.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Stuckey was raised by a single mother, Michele Foulks. Stuckey has three brothers and three sisters. His younger sister, Denae, played basketball at Iowa State.
Stuckey and wife, Lacie, have a son, Jayton James, and a daughter, Kinsley Ann.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick (110), April 24, 2010...signed June 25...re-signed multi-year contract, March 13, 2014.
2015: Pro Bowl fourth-alternate...Chargers Special Teams Player of Year...Chargers Walter Payton NFL Man of Year...first NFL sack vs. Pittsburgh’s Mike Vick Oct. 12...injured hamstring Nov. 1 vs. Baltimore...two special teams tackles before injuring knee while making tackle in first quarter Dec. 24 at Oakland and did not return...placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 28.
2014: Pro Bowl and Team Captain...originally Pro Bowl first-alternate, selected to replace New England’s Matthew Slater...fumble recovery during second-quarter kickoff return Sept. 14 vs. Seattle set up touchdown for 20-7 lead...special teams tackle inside 20 among two stops and downed two punts inside 10 during 13-6 win over Oakland Nov. 16...first career field goal block in second quarter Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis...led to field goal on ensuing possession...Chargers beat Rams by three, 27-24...season-high four special teams tackles Nov. 30 at Baltimore...first-career touchdown on 53-yard scoop-and-score fumble return on NBC’s Sunday Night Football Dec. 7 vs. New England...eighth longest fumble return in franchise history...also team high three special teams stops vs. Patriots.
2013: Chargers Special Teams Player of Year and Team Captain...fourth-quarter over-shoulder catch to down punt at two late in 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...three special teams tackles, including two for loss, in Jan. 5 wild card playoffs at Cincinnati...three passes defensed in playoffs, including two in Jan. 12 divisional playoffs at Denver.
2012: Team Captain...forced fumble on kickoff return, team-high three special teams tackles, including two inside 20, and downed two punts inside 20 Oct. 15 vs. Denver...two special teams stops and diving catch to down punt at seven during Nov. 1 win over Kansas City... recovered onside kick and downed two punts inside 20 Nov. 18 at Broncos...two plays after downing punt at two, Bolts sacked Peyton Manning in end zone for safety...injured hamstring Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh and placed on season-ending “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 12.
2011: Nov. 6 vs. Green Bay, recovered onside kick and tied season high with two special teams stops.
2010: NFL debut Sept. 26 at Seattle.
COLLEGE: First-team All-Big 12 in 2008 and ’09...American Football Coaches Association ’09 Good Works team...Big 12 Community of Champions in ’08...Jayhawks’ Special Teams Player of Year and Weight Room Award in ’08, and co-winner of Nolan Cromwell Leadership Award...Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection...served in student government...295 career tackles were second in school history among defensive backs...Big 12 Defensive Player of Week after two interceptions and forced fumble vs. Missouri in ’08...finished career with 11 tackles for loss and eight interceptions...redshirted in 2005...played at Kansas from 2006-09...communications degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Kansas City, Kansas...two-time Metro Offensive Player of Year and team MVP at Kansas City’s Washington High...all-state as senior...invited to play in 2005 Kansas Shrine Bowl...all-state in baseball and lettered in basketball and track.