MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the best football players in Kansas State history will be getting his own bobblehead as K-State Athletics announced Monday that the miniature version of Darren Sproles will be made available to fans who are season ticket holders for the 2021 football season.
Sproles, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December as part of the Class of 2021, will return to Manhattan for an on-campus recognition for the contest against Oklahoma on October 2.
All K-State Football season ticket account holders who renew or purchase by May 15 will receive one free Sproles bobblehead, which is designed based off the life-sized version inside the Vanier Family Football Complex. Each season ticket holder will also have the option to purchase up to three more bobbleheads per account for $35 apiece.
A product of Olathe, Kansas, Sproles is the sixth K-State player or coach to be selected to college football’s highest honor and the third in the last 10 years. A 2003 First Team All-American and three-time All-Big 12 performer, Sproles held 28 school records at the time of graduation, 21 of which still stand 16 seasons after his playing days. The Olathe, Kansas, product rushed for 4,979 career yards, which ranks third in Big 12 history and is nearly 2,000 yards more than any other player in K-State history. Sproles, who finished fifth in the 2003 Heisman Trophy voting and third in the Associated Press Player of the Year voting that same season, was a three-time All-American.