Whitney Mercilus NFL

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Whitney Mercilus NFL

Whitney Mercilus NFL

Whitney Mercilus NFL

Whitney Mercilus is a former linebacker for American football who spent ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL), mostly with the Houston Texans. He played for Houston for all nine of his first professional seasons, and in 2016 he was chosen for the second team All-Pro.

Whitney Mercilus – Early Life

Mercilus was born on July 21, 1990, in the American city of Akron, Ohio, to Wilner and Yvrose Mercilus. He played high school football while attending Garfield High School and was a part of the Garfield High School Rams. Additionally, under the direction of head coach Ron Zook, he participated in college football for the University of Illinois’ Illinois Fighting Illini team from 2009 to 2011.

In 2011, he made a big impression by leading the country in quarterback sacks and forced fumbles. He was given the 2011 Ted Hendricks Award, 2011 Bill Willis Award, and 2011 CFPA Defensive Performer of the Year honors in addition to being named to the 2011 First Team All-Americans. He made the choice to enter the 2012 NFL Draft rather than utilize his last year of eligibility beginning in January 2012.

Whitney Mercilus – Career

Mercilus finished every exercise at the NFL Scouting Combine where he took part. With the 26th overall choice in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans picked him. He signed a four-year, $7.63 million deal with the Texans in June that was for $7.63 million overall, $3.99 million in signing bonus, and $6.20 million in guaranteed salary. His NFL debut came with the victory over the Miami Dolphins in the first game of the year. He spent the first six games of the season mostly on special teams. During his debut season, he participated in 16 games with four starts, making a total of 25 tackles, six sacks, and a pass deflected.

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With 47 total tackles and 7 sacks in 16 games, he completed his second season as a pro. In 15 games and 13 starts, he concluded the 2014 season with 50 total tackles and five sacks. He signed a four-year, $26 million contract deal with the Texans in May 2015, which included a $5.25 million signing bonus and a guarantee of $10.68 million. In 15 games and starts, he concluded the 2016 campaign with 53 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, and a pass deflection. Mercilus received the Second-Team All-Pro 2016 honor in celebration of his productive 2016. In five games and starts, he concluded the season with 10 total tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. After 10 seasons, the Texans released Mercilus in October 2021.

He agreed to join the Green Bay Packers later that month. The Packers placed him on injured reserve two days after he tore his bicep against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 of the season. On April 6, 2022, he made an NFL retirement announcement. Both Mercilus and his offspring are still unmarried and childless. A woman named Channing Grigsby was the subject of a previous relationship he had.

Whitney Mercilus NFL Net Worth

The net worth of Whitney Mercilus is estimated to be $5 million.