Greg Hardy is a former NFL defensive-end and MMA fighter who became the center of controversy after he was arrested in May of 2014 for assaulting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend. After the charges were dropped, Hardy served a four-game suspension and returned to the field as a Dallas Cowboy. However, his stint with the Cowboys was short as he played just one season for the team before failing to be resigned due to struggles on the field and the belief that he was a bad influence on the younger players on the roster. Hardy has not played in the NFL since his time with the Cowboys but has had three MMA fights and has signed a contract with the Richmond Roughriders in the American Arena League. So how much is Hardy worth in 2018?
Greg Hardy’s Net Worth As Of 2019: $4 Million
So how has Hardy affected his net worth in recent years? Let’s look into the numbers.
Hardy was considered a three-star prospect when he graduated high school to join the Ole Miss football team in 2006. However, Hardy began to make quite the name for himself during this Sophmore and Junior seasons as he tallied up 82 total tackles, including 28 for loss and 18.5 sacks during those two seasons. Hardy’s stock was so high at the end of the 2008 college football season that when he chose to return to school for his senior season, Sports Illustrated named the top prospect in the 2010 draft class. His senior season was certainly not what Hardy had hoped though. Hardy put up his worst statistical season as a starter and combined with injury concerns from scouts, Hardy went from one of the top prospects in the draft to being picked the sixth-round by the Carolina Panthers in just one year.
Hardy’s first two years in the NFL were quiet, as he failed to start a single game in his rookie season and didn’t have much more production in his second year considering he was moved to a full-time starter. However, Hardy’s production exploded in the 2012 season as he recorded career-best numbers despite starting just 10 games due to a broken thumb he suffered in the first month of the season. Hardy recorded 41 tackles and 11 sacks in his third-year, despite combing for just 58 tackles and seven sacks in his two seasons with the Panthers.
Hardy’s career-defining year was definitely the 2013 season. Hardy recorded 15 sacks as the Panthers went to the playoffs on an impressive 12-4 record. Set to become a free-agent at the end of the 2013 season, Hardy was placed on a franchise tag by the Panthers giving him a guaranteed salary of over $13 million dollars for the upcoming 2014 season.
On May 13th, 2014 Hardy was arrested on assault charges after an ex-girlfriend accused him of strangling her and threatening her life. In July of the same year, Hardy was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to 18-months probation after a 60-day jail sentence was suspended. Hardy was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the Panthers while the details of his conviction played out and Hardy ended up just playing one game that season.
In February of 2015, Hardy decided to appeal his conviction. Charges were soon dropped as his accuser refused to appear in court during the appeal. The Panthers released Hardy, who then signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys worth over $3 million. The NFL decided to suspend Hardy for 10 games for violating the league’s conduct policy, although that suspension was ultimately lowered to just four games on appeal.
Hardy failed to make a real impact for the Cowboys, totaling just six sacks in the 10 games he played. He also got on the bad side of Head Coach Jason Garrett with comments Hardy made to media and on Twitter. He was not resigned by any NFL team following the 2015 season.
In the fall of 2016, Hardy announced he would be beginning an MMA career despite having no experience as a fighter. Hardy fought three times between November of 2016 and February of 2017, winning all of his fights less than two minutes into the first round.
In April of 2017, Hardy participated in The Spring League, a six-game football designed to showcase players for NFL scouts. Hardy signed a deal with the AAL’s Richmond Roughriders in January of 2018.
On April 21st it was announced that Hardy will get an opportunity to fight for the UFC. He is scheduled to have his first UFC bout on June 12th against former NFL player Austen Lane.
Joe Rogan clarifies his comment on Hardy as he earlier said that is performance was “terrible” and a “Joke”.