Darryl Talley played as a linebacker in the NFL for 14 seasons, playing on Buffalo Bills teams that advanced to four Super Bowls. Bills Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly recognized Talley as his most undervalued teammate.
Talley is supported in his struggle against chronic traumatic encephalopathy by his wife, Janine.
Early Life and Education
Darryl Talley was born July 10, 1960 in Cleveland to Jacqueline and John Talley. He went on to play outside linebacker for 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), for teams like the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings as well as four Super Bowl appearances.
He began playing fullback and linebacker at Shaw High School in East Cleveland before enrolling at West Virginia University where he would go on to be named Consensus All-American in 1983.
After his career had concluded, he started a charity to assist former professional football players and their families deal with CTE and related traumas from playing. Janine is fully supportive of him in his efforts and she feels more needs to be done by NFLPA’s Brain and Body Trust to assist former players manage CTE as well as injuries caused by football.
After 14 seasons as an NFL football player, he retired in 1996. During that time he held positions with Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings – appearing in four Super Bowls along the way.
Talley earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working players in the league and also excelled academically – earning all-American status from the College Football Hall of Fame.
Janine Talley has been very supportive in helping him through his struggles. Like many former NFL players, Talley suspects he suffers from CTE; however, an official diagnosis cannot be made until after death when experts can access his brain for examination. Unfortunately, Talley’s injuries have caused financial challenges; his home was foreclosed upon by the bank and his small business failed.
Achievement and Honors
Talley led the Bills in tackles in every year except one of their four Super Bowl seasons – 1991 was second. He earned Pro Bowl selection both years. Additionally, he is unique as one player having both won and lost in Super Bowl competition.
His teammates dubbed him “The Big Daddy,” in recognition of his never-give-up attitude both on and off the field, where his dedication and talent left an indelible mark on sport.
West Virginia University honored him with induction into their Sports Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame; additionally he is part of Mountaineer Legends Society at WVU.
Darryl Talley has amassed a net worth of $1.5 million. A retired American professional football player, he played linebacker for Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings of NFL; as well as four Super Bowl appearances.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 10, 1960 to Jacqueline and John Talley.
No doubt about it; although Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed may be more famously honored, Bills fans still hold him dear in Western New York and raised thousands to assist with their medical expenses in 2014.
His wife Janine reports difficulty for him getting out of bed in the morning to visit the bathroom, as well as dropping items while eating because he no longer feels sensations at his fingertips. She feels strongly that NFLPA’s Brain and Body Trust should do more to support former players’ families as they cope with CTE-related traumas caused by football.
Darryl Talley played outside linebacker for 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), playing for Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings and four Super Bowl teams during that time. As such, it is likely he amassed considerable wealth during this time in football.
He is currently married to Janine Talley and together they share several children. Janine has always been supportive of her husband’s career in football, believing that more needs to be done by the NFL to assist former players cope with its traumas.
Talley was born in Cleveland on July 10, 1960. At Shaw High School in East Cleveland he excelled as an athlete, going on to West Virginia University where he became a consensus All-American linebacker. Talley was honored with inductions into both the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.