Former New York Giants defensive lineman Barry Cofield, a mainstay of the 2007 World Championship team, pleaded not guilty this week to drug and DWI charges stemming from a wild car chase and crash last July.
The plea was entered at a Wednesday hearing by an attorney representing the retired 10-year NFL veteran in a Florida courtroom, according to TMZ.com. A call to his lawyer for details was not immediately returned.
Cofield, 34, was allegedly carrying two bags of heroin when arrested after a drunken car chase that ended when he plowed his Cadillac Escalade into a police car around 2:30 a.m.
A police report indicated that cops initially found him passed out behind the wheel of his car, and alleged that Cofield’s breath was boozy and his eyes bloodshed when officers finally put him in handcuffs.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder set the tone for the Giants defense by slamming into quarterback Tom Brady on the game’s first play as Big Blue upset the previously undefeated Patriots 17-14.