Since retiring from the NFL in 1996 following a successful 14-season career, former West Virginia star linebacker Darryl Talley has been a family man, raising two daughters with his wife Jeanine while running a construction company, Sentry Barricades, while living in Orlando.
But with daughters Alexandra and Gabrielle now both out of high school, Talley wants to get back to football. He visited Buffalo Bills training camp in 2011 hoping to glean tips on a career on the sidelines.
Talley is still very much respected by both Bills and Mountaineers fans. In Buffalo, Talley became the Bills’ all-time leading tackler (1,137), was part of four Super Bowl teams and made the NFL Pro Bowl in 1990 and 1991. He became the team’s 20th member of the Wall of Fame in 2003.
At West Virginia, Talley became the school’s third-ever consensus All-American following the 1982 season. The once under-recruited Cleveland native is a member of both the College Football and West Virginia University Sports Halls of Fame.
Now 52, Talley’s Mountaineers take on undefeated and No. 4 Kansas State in a premiere Big 12 clash on Saturday. Darryl Talley profile