Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of reckless driving in DeKalb County State Court.
Anderson, 40, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to pay a $700 fine, a spokeswoman for Judge Stacey Hydrick said Monday afternoon. Anderson must also complete 64 hours of community service, complete a defensive driving program and attend a drunk driving impact panel, according to his attorney, Michael Hawkins.
Anderson was arrested early July 26 and charged with DUI after he was spotted by a DeKalb County police officer driving slowly and impeding traffic on Chamblee Tucker Road near I-85, police previously said.
In the days following Anderson’s arrest, his attorney denied that he was driving under the influence of alcohol but was instead tired after a long day of travel, the AJC previously reported.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this difficult time.” Anderson said through his attorney. “”From day one I have maintained my innocence to the DUI charge, and I am glad that charge was dismissed.”
Anderson was a fan favorite during his eight seasons with the Falcons, popularizing the “Dirty Bird” end-zone dance on the late 90s teams. The former Pro Bowler helped lead the Falcons to their first and only Super Bowl in 1999 before suffering a career-ending knee injury in 2001.