Darren Fells is a tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Fells has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. He played college basketball instead of college football at the University of California, Irvine. He is the brother of former New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells. Between 2008 and 2013, Fells played basketball professionally in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France.
Fells attended Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California where he was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section II-A second team as a junior while averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds as the team’s center. He was named All-Freeway League second team also in his junior season.
Between 2008 and 2012, Fells played basketball professionally in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France. As a rookie on the Basketball League Belgium Division I team Leuven Bears in 2008–09, Fells wore jersey #14 and averaged 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 33 games. In his second season with the team in 2009–10, Fells averaged 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. In the 2010–11 season, Fells played for Kataja Basket Club of the Finnish Korisliiga, wearing jersey #7. In 55 games, Fells averaged 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Kataja were runners-up of the 2011 Korisliiga Finals.
After a three-game stint with Étendard de Brest of French LNB Pro B, Fells played 25 games for Soles de Mexicali of the Mexican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional in the 2011–12 season and wore jersey #12. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. After the LNBP season ended, Fells played 9 games for Obras Sanitarias of the Argentine Liga Nacional de Basquet from March to April 2012 and averaged 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. Like at Soles de Mexicali, Fells wore jersey #12 for Obras. In December 2012, Fells signed with Libertad de Sunchales but did not play any games.
On October 9, 2013, Fells signed with the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. On January 1, 2014, He was re-signed to a reserve/future contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Fells played in 10 games for the Cardinals in the 2014 season and had 5 receptions for 71 yards. Darren Fells’ first career touchdown could not have come at a better time for the Arizona Cardinals. The rookie tight end hauled in a one-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Lindley in the Wild Card round when the Cardinals faced the Carolina Panthers.
In 2015, Darren Fells played in 14 games with the Arizona Cardinals and had 21 receptions for 311 yards. His best game came against the New Orleans Saints in week one when Fells had 4 catches for 82 yards. The tight end also added 3 touchdowns on the season as well as a 21-yard TD reception from Carson Palmer in the NFC Championship Game Vs the Carolina Panthers.
The featured Arizona Cardinals helmet 18 x 24 print on canvas was part of Darren Fells’ personal collection. The talented tight end has signed the print and added his career totals as a member of the Cardinals, “40 Rec, 536 yds, 4 Tds” in black. The print is in good condition with a couple of minor scratches. Sweet item for an Arizonal Cardinals fan!