A former Atlanta Falcons running back pleaded guilty recently to two traffic-related offenses and was sentenced to 12 days in confinement.
Jamal Sharif Anderson, 42, pleaded guilty on March 18 to less safe driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. He turned himself in to the Hall County Jail on Monday.
Attorney Arturo Corso said his client “wanted to immediately take responsibility.”
“I’m confident he’s going to come out on the other side of this better than ever. He’s a strong guy,” Corso said.
According to court records, Anderson received a 24-month sentence, with 12 of those days to be served in confinement. Corso said time previously served would be deducted from the sentence, and he was also eligible for good-behavior credits.
The remainder will be served on probation.
A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Anderson around 2 a.m. Sept. 20 on Friendship Road at Deaton Creek Parkway.
“He took a field sobriety test but refused to grant his consent to an alcohol sensor and blood test,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Chad Mann previously told The Times.
Anderson was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1994 and played with the team through 2001. The former running back posted career highs in 1998 for rushing yards and touchdowns on the way to helping Atlanta reach Super Bowl XXXIII.