A former starting linebacker for the New Orleans Saints in the early part of the century now faces some legal issues.

Sedrick Hodge, who played five seasons for the Saints, from 2001-2006, along with an 86-year old doctor, face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids.

Federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that the 40-year old Hodge is accused of illegal distribution of controlled substances, among other charges, after allegedly selling oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia.

Dr. Victor Hanson, 86, faces 14 counts of illegal drug distribution involving prescriptions that included powerful opioid painkillers, prosecutors said.

Two other suspects also face charges.

After playing his college football at North Carolina, Hodge was selected by the Saints in the 3rd round of the 2001 NFL Draft.

As a rookie in 2001, Hodge appeared in all 16 games, including one as a starter, compiling 21 total tackles.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hodge had his best season in New Orleans in 2002, appearing in all 16 games, including 15 as a starter, totaling a career-high 74 tackles.

A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Hodge remained a starter for three more seasons, prior to being released following the 2005 season.

Hodge signed with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2006 season but was released, and never played in the NFL again.

In parts of five NFL seasons, all with the Saints, Hodge appeared in 63 games, including 43 as a starter, accumulating 208 career tackles, including one sack.

Hodge is 41-years old today.

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