As a career, football is inherently a profession with a very short shelf life, with the average length of a career in the NFL statistically being three and a half years. Pursuing a career in it is a high-risk high reward decision, and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. For a brief period of time, it worked out for Brad Kaaya.
Brad Kaaya, as fans of American football would probably know, is a quarterback who has played for the Detroit Lions, the Indianapolis Colts. The expectations of a long and successful career in the NFL has been thrown in doubt since he was drafted by the Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft, having been traded to multiple teams since then.
For those who are curious about his journey and his time in the NFL so far, here is everything you need to know about Brad Kaaya.
Brad Kaaya’s Biography
Brad Kaaya was born on the 3rd of September, 1995 in Los Angles California to his parents who, as far as we know, raised him as an only child.
His basic education was completed at Chaminade College Preparatory School where he began his life as a football player. His performance at the high school level, which saw him rank as the eighth-best quarterback in the country by scouting networks earned him a football scholarship to the University of Miami where he played college football for the Miami Hurricanes.
At the Hurricanes, Brad Kaaya continued to deliver the exceptional performances that earned him to a scholarship, leading his team to the Independence Bowl and the Sun Bowl in the first two years of his college career. In his third season as a college player, Brad led his team to an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl, winning his only team honours in his last season for the Hurricanes before heading off to the NFL.
Individually, Brad Kaaya won personal accolades like being named in the Third Team All-ACC in 2015 and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2014.
Brad Kaaya officially joined the NFL in 2017 when he was recruited by the Detroit Loins as the 215th pick in the sixth round of the draft. His pick made him the ninth quarterback selected in the draft and although it wasn’t particularly a prestigious position, Brad was set to make something of his time in the NFL.
Unfortunately, he never got much of a chance and his contract was waived in September 2017 by the Lions, and he was subsequently picked up by the Carolina Panthers. Within the same year (2017), he was also waived by the Panthers and he was then picked up again by the Lions, who signed him to the team’s practice squad.
Just before the year ran out in December 2017, Brad Kaaya was signed off the Lions by the Indianapolis Colts until an injury sustained in August 2018 caused the team to release him in February 2019.
Shortly after being released by the Colts, Brad Kaaya was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals for a short period, eventually releasing him to become a free agent.
Brad Kaaya’s Net Worth
Having spent a short period of time in the league with little importance attached to his talents to command a large amount in his contract, Brad Kaaya hasn’t made a lot of money relative to his peers since he joined the NFL.
Still, a rookie contract signed in 2017 has earned him a salary of $465 thousand and $555 thousand in two years, putting his earnings just over $1 million since he joined the NFL.
However, with taxes and other fees considered, it is difficult to determine his exact net worth at this moment.
Family – Mother And Father
Brad Kaaya was raised by his mother, Angela Means who is a retired actress and now works as a vegan cook. His mother, during her acting days, was known for roles in movies like Friday, House Party 3 and the TV show, Cousin Skeeter.
His mother has traded the high-profile life of Hollywood for a more reserved one, as has his father, Brad Kaaya Sr. who used to be a screenwriter with credits for films like O, Cousin Skeeter, Damon, and MADtv. His father was also a football fan who coached him during his Pop Warner Football days.
It remains to be seen how Brad Kaaya’s career will eventually end but he will always have parents who are proud of him for his achievements thus far.