A three-time Special Teams Player of the Year and a five-time Team Captain, as well as the Chargers’ 2015 Walter Payton Man 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.
Always among the Chargers’ leading special teams tacklers despite facing routine double and triple teams, Stuckey has recorded 66 special teams stops over the past six seasons.
Stuckey was the Chargers’ Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, ‘15 and ‘16 and he’s been a team captain each of the last five seasons (2012-16). In 2015, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
Off the field, one of Stuckey’s main devotions is the fight against human trafficking. It’s a cause he’s deeply devoted to, going so far as to donate one of his game checks in recent seasons to the nonprofit Not For Sale. Their primary fundraising program, “Throwdown,” helps protect women and children from trafficking and slavery.
Since 2013, Stuckey 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, Kan., and he sponsors the K.C. United Pop Warner Football League in conjunction with USA Football.
In 2015, the Kansas City, Kan., School District presented him 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. Recently, he’s served as the host for their annual golf tournament in San Diego.
Stuckey’s community presence is in high demand. He’s been asked to serve as a celebrity judge for programs in California that raised awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention. He also was asked to be the featured guest speaker at the Marine Aviation Summit in San Diego, and he was asked to speak on a panel at another event about race in sports.
A native of Kansas City, Kan., 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 (110th overall), April 24, 2010...signed June 25...re-signed multi-year contract, March 13, 2014.
2016: Team Captain...Chargers Special Teams Player of Year...combined with Trevor Williams to down punt at three Oct. 13 vs. Denver...on very next play, Caraun Reid drew hold in end zone for safety and 21-3 lead...outstanding day on special teams Nov. 13 vs. Miami...late second quarter, leaped into end zone to bat potential touchback on punt and ball was downed at seven...early in fourth quarter made heads up play to recover muffed punt at Dolphins’ five.
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. 5 Wild Card Playoffs at Cincinnati.
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 vs. 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, Kan. ...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.