From the THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER:
1987 - Accused of murder
1988 - Shot outside a Washington DC nightclub at 4 a.m. after a fight broke out.
1988 - Arrested for cocaine posession.
1990 - Arrested in Seattle for assaulting a man in a restaurant parking lot.
1995 - Arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Ohio. This led to a police bribery investigation by Cincy police.
Fenner Deep in Work Ethis with 2nd Chance in Seattle
By Michael Wilbon, Washington Post Staff Writer
August 10, 1989
KIRKLAND, WASH. -- Derrick Fenner is one of the first three players on the practice field and the last player to run off -- not just yesterday, but many days since the Seattle Seahawks camp opened two weeks ago. Just when the position coach feels his work is done, Fenner has more questions about pass routes or blocking assignments. The Seahawks' trainer tried to find a workout regimen that would exhaust Fenner and finally gave up Once Fenner was the last man on the practice field and the first off, feeling the team was lucky he bothered to show at all. Funny how attractive the practice field can become after a guy spends a few nights in jail on a murder charge, gets shot in the chest outside a nightclub and is later put on probation for drug possession.
"Only a fool wouldn't appreciate a second chance like this," Fenner said. "I can't even afford to look at this as a second chance. Really, it's a last chance."
So, here is the 22-year-old Fenner, on the other side of the continent from his home and family in Oxon Hill, Md., trying to prove the Seahawks' faith in him is justified and that he is ready to put that 6-foot-4, 228-pound body to work.
The rust is coming off, bit by bit. Fenner hasn't played competitive football since 1986, after academic troubles, then the mistaken indictment in Prince George's County for murder (someone else has since been convicted of the crime) led to his leaving a promising if undisciplined career at the University of North Carolina.