RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
It's hard to walk through Hermitage High School without seeing some sort of tribute to Darren Sharper. Sharper is a 1993 graduate of the school who went on to a career in the National Football League, before being accused of raping women in several states.
A trophy case is full of memorabilia from Sharper's All-Pro football career; his legacy is also a part of Hermitage's Hall of Fame.
Student Activities Director Chris Rollison said Sharper's legal trouble is very disappointing. "You certainly aren't excited that your name is tagged with that," he told ABC 8News.
Rollison went on to say that for no, there are no plans to remove anything from the school associated with Sharper. In fairness to the former safety and his family, school officials are waiting to see how everything plays out in court.
"I would anticipate the Hall of Fame committee will discuss what, if anything, do we do after the outcome of the trial," said Rollison.
Despite his professional success, Sharper never forgot Hermitage, sending back autographed pictures and even holding a football camp at the school along with his brother. The five time Pro-Bowler has always appeared to be a role model; those that knew him best are shocked at the allegations against him. Darrell Jenkins, who coached Sharper, expressed his feelings about the situation.
"Well it shocks you, and you don't want to rush to judgement either. You want to be supportive toward the family and your former athlete because obviously this is going to be tough times."
Jenkins pointed back to the reputation Sharper earned at Hermitage. " From all accounts I've gathered, great student, great athlete and great person while he was here."
So for now, it seems, Sharper will remain a part of the Hermitage family. Sharper is currently in jail in California.