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June 19, 2019

Ex-Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield pleads innocent in 2018 cop-car crash, heroin bust

January 10, 2019
Barry Cofield is pictured in 2008 when he played for the New York Giants (main), and in a mug shot after his 2018 arrest (inset). (AP & Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)

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 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.

Cofield spent six seasons with the Giants and four with the Washington Redskins before leaving the game after the 2015 season.

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