John Stephens

  • Football Player

    February 23, 1966


    United States


    58 Years Old



    Other Information

    Death of Date September 1, 2009
    Occupation Football player
    Years Active 1988-2009
    Nationality American
    Known For Father of Sloane Stephens
    Height 6 feet 1 inches (1.85 meter)
    Weight 98 kg
    Children Sloane Stephens


    John Stephens was an American professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He was also popularly known as the father of Sloane Stephens.

    Before Fame

    Stephens played in six NFL seasons from 1988 to 1993 for the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.


    Stephens was twice charged with rape. In 1994, during his final NFL season, he was accused of raping a woman at a Kansas City hotel. Then, in May 2009, he was arrested in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and charged with forcible rape of a 51-year-old woman.

    Family Life

    John Stephens was born on February 23, 1966, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Stephens was married to All-American college swimmer Sybil Smith. Their daughter Sloane Stephens, born in 1993, is a professional tennis player who won the 2017 US Open women’s singles title. Their son John Stephens Jr. played football at Texas Christian University.


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