Rudd facing jail for missing child support payments

Published 1:22 am Thursday, September 10, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former NFL linebacker Dwayne Rudd has pleaded guilty to failure to pay more than $540,000 in child support.

The U.S. attorney in Nashville announced Wednesday that Rudd, who played for Minnesota, Cleveland and Tampa Bay during his seven-season career, pleaded guilty in federal court last week and faces up to two years in prison.

Court records shows that Rudd, who is 31 and lives in Atlanta, owes child support for his 11-year-old daughter, who currently lives with her mother in Tennessee.

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Drafted by the Vikings in 1997, Rudd may be best known for costing the Browns a win against Kansas City in 2002. With the Browns leading, Rudd sacked the quarterback in the closing seconds and celebrated by tossing his helmet.