|Birthname||John Milton Stephens|
|born on||23 February 1966|
|Place||Shreveport, Louisiana, 32n32, 93w45|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
American athlete, running back for the New England Patriots football team, he won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 1988. In 1992 he left the team to play with a succession of other teams: Green Bay, Atlanta and Kansas City before retiring from pro ball. His first year in the pro league (1988) was his best. He was the first recipient of the National Football League's Gale Sayers Humanitarian Citation for his work on behalf of the Roxbury, MA Comprehensive Community Health Center.
Stephens had a rough childhood. With a life of petty crime to his name, his father was stabbed to death in prison when John was only 3 years old. John himself was shot at age 12 by a farmer when the young boy was trying to separate his dog from the farmer's dog. The boy went home to bed with his injuries when he was taken by his mother to the hospital. Football may have saved him. Although John left home at age 15, he played football in high school establishing a reputation for himself as a star. He went to Northwestern State College where he continued to excel in the sport and was picked by the New England Patriots for the 1988 season. After he retired from the game, he returned to Louisiana. In 1994, he was accused of rape, pled guilty and was placed on probation. He then had other encounters with the law for driving incidents and on charges of being a fugitive from justice. He was again accused of rape on April 29, 2009.
At about 8:30 PM local time in Shreveport, LA on September 1, 2009, he suffered a fatal driving accident when his pickup truck hit trees off a rural highway. The 43-year-old ex-football player had not been wearing his seatbelt and was hurled out of the truck on impact.
- Work : New Career 1988 (Pro football)
- Work : Prize 1988 (Rookie of the Year award)
- Crime : Sex Perpetration/Rape 1994 (Pled guilty)
- Death by Accident 1 September 2009 at 8:30 PM in Shreveport, LA (One-car driving fatality)
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- Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged
- Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Father killed)
- Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem
- Lifestyle : Home : Left home early less than 18
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime
- Personal : Death : Accidental
- Vocation : Sports : Football