From 3 Super Bowl rings, to 3 hots and a cot, former Running Back, Derek Loville has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for his role in a drug dealing conspiracy. Loville, who played Running Back from 1990 through 1999 for the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos, landed himself on 3 championship teams while only rushing for a career 1,620 yards. His 466 rush attempts could be considered sparse for an 8-year career, but they were enough to put major wear and tear on his body and mind. That pain ultimately led to him having an addiction to pain killers and other illegal drugs, which brings us to this story.
According to multiple reports, Loville sustained numerous head injuries during his playing career, and with concussion protocols not becoming stringent until reason seasons, who really knows how much damage was done to a number of players over the league’s history. None of this however, absolves Loville of his involvement in what FBI agents claimed to be one of the larger criminal networks operating out of Southern California. The alleged leader of this network, Owen Hanson, is a former USC football player that never made his way to the league. Hanson, was alleged to be in control of a violent criminal enterprise known as ODOG.
Loville, who was getting Oxycodone and Ecstasy from Hanson, reportedly began losing large sums of money through a gambling website that Owen Hanson also owned. Gotcha! Look at you, trapped. Now, don’t let me get sidetracked, the man had legit pains which were routinely treated with addicting narcotics. I can’t fault him for that, I am however going to say you probably shouldn’t gamble with your drug dealer. I’m not an expert in the matter but in both scenarios your chance to be turned into a sucker is higher than usual. I digress. Loville, who is now 48, admitted to soliciting pills from 2011-2015 around the Phoenix area and returning money back to Hanson. Hanson has recently plead guilty to charges stemming from his role in the network as well.
Hopefully he stashed something away, none of the reports I read stated whether or not he cleared his debt to Hanson and was making any real money of his own. Too busy playing the middle man supporting your habit, you might not have had anything tucked away. 15 months isn’t hard time and I doubt they’ll make him do them all, let’s just hope for his sake he can find away to shake his addiction and write a memoir or something about his experience. I’m mean, if he’s smart he would. However, reports did state that Loville was no longer in possession of his Super Bowl rings. One was stolen, the other two, he sold. Damn…
Sources: San Diego Chronicle, NFL.com, 24-7 Sports,