The United States may share very little similarities with the old world of the Roman Empire but when it comes to how it treats its sportsmen, particularly its footballers, the two powerhouses have a lot in common. Just like the Gladiators, footballers in the NFL are heroes, with men and women shouting their names in celebration and excitement, with the expectation that their beloved stars will give them victory in return. One of these worshipped heroes is Adam Archuleta, who played as a linebacker and safety in the league.
Adam Archuleta has been experiencing the glorious joy of having a crowd shout your name since he was in high school, and he held on to it all the way to the highest level in the NFL where he spent seven seasons before hanging up his helmet. We take a closer look at the life of this former gladiator, including his life after retirement. Read on to learn more.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Adam Archuleta was born on the 27th of November, 1977 in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he was raised by his parents – Vange and Albert Archuleta.
He quickly began his football life in high school at Chandler High School and after recording accomplishments like being named in the All-State Honorable Mention twice, and in the All-Central first team twice, he headed to Arizona State University where he played for four seasons.
At the college level, Adam Archuleta won a couple of individual achievements, including being a finalist in the Butkus Award, getting named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-America by The Sports Xchange.
After seven seasons in the NFL, Adam Archuleta quit active football and moved off the field as sports commentator and analyst. He has worked for ESPN and Fox Sports, and he has made other appearances on shows like NFL on CBS and worked for CBS Sports Network for a year as an analyst.
Additionally, the football star has appeared on E! True Hollywood Story and has covered the pages of Moves magazine. His performances for Arizona State University got him inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
Having completed a developmental journey through high school and college, Adam Archuleta was drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams in 2001. He went on to play four seasons for the team, winning individual accolades like being named into the All-Rookie teams in his rookie season. Although his team wasn’t the best in the league, Adam Archuleta delivered enough quality individual performances to become one of the most sought-after safeties after he became a free agent at the end of the 2005 season.
He joined the Washington Redskins after leaving the Rams in a move that made him the highest paid safety in the NFL history at the time, signing a $30 million contract for six years and $10 million guaranteed. Despite some early stellar performances on his part, Adam Archuleta did not have the best overall experience at the Redskins, which eventually caused him to leave for the Chicago Bears in 2007.
Things did not improve at the Bears and after getting traded to the Oakland Raiders in August 2008, he was eventually cut from the team before the season started and he called time on his active playing days, spending just seven seasons in the league.
Is He Gay?
In a hypermasculinity sport like football, where it has been rumoured to house several gay men, going through your career without a notable significant other is bound to raise suspicions of your sexual orientation, and it did for Adam Archuleta, who many considered to be gay for a while. That rumour proved to be untrue as he began dating one of the sexiest women in America, at least according to Playboy Magazine, Jennifer Walcott in 2005.
Adam Archuleta’s Wife and Family
Adam Archuleta had a successful time in the NFL and after he retired, he set out to start a family, beginning with marrying his girlfriend, Jennifer Walcott, a glamour model, and former Playboy Playmate. After meeting at a friend’s party in Las Vegas, the couple got married in 2010 after five years of a successful relationship. Their wedding was held at Cabos San Lucas.
Since they got married, they have only so far, shared a son, who was born on the 10th of April, 2008. They haven’t been a subject of any scandal and they reside in Los Angeles.