The Miami Dolphins can only get better each season with the likes of Danny Amendola as one of its players. The young American football wide receiver is one of the few players who has achieved quite a lot in their professional games despite being an undrafted free agent. Let’s learn more about the wide receiver with a promising future in the National Football League.
Danny Amendola Bio
Born as Daniel James Amendola on November 2, 1985, in Woodlands, Texas, Danny is the son of Willie Amendola and Rose Amendola. He holds an American nationality but is of Italian and Irish descent. He has an older sibling, Matt Amendola who played college football for Baylor University.
Danny started his football career in the Woodlands High School where he trained under coach Weldon Willig and was able to lead his team to its first Texas state championship game. He finished his senior year with 129 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns, and 1,045 receiving yards.
Moving to Texas Tech University where he majored in Communication Studies, Danny Amendola joined the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team where he had a total career finishing of 15 touchdowns and 204 receptions for 2,246 yards. He was rated the third all-time in school history in punt returns and yardage after recording an average of 11.06 yards per return. Danny returned 116 punts for 1,283 yards with one touchdown. Getting familiar with football success, Danny recorded his best college football career in his senior years with 6 touchdowns and 109 catches for 1,245 yards. This, of course, gave him a cumulative record of 204 receptions for 2,246 yards with 15 touchdowns. Academic-wise, the Texas native could not finish his studies, instead, he decided to drop his University course to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL).
Starting his professional game in 2008, the 5 ft 10 1⁄2 inch tall American citizen began with the Dallas Cowboys after signing with the professional team on April 27, 2008, as an undrafted free agent. Expecting to make a big start, Amendola only found himself spending his entire 2008 season in the team’s practice squad while trying to find a suitable playing position for himself. He left the Cowboys without any seasonal action and was signed to Philadelphia Eagles but his very first regular season action was in 2009 and for the St. Louis Rams. With them, he was able to catch 43 passes for 326 yards. He became better every season until in 2012 when he finished with a total of 804 yards. He finished with 122 yards on 17 punt returns and 666 yards on 63 receptions.
Danny signed with the New England Patriot on March 13, 2013, and he finished the season with 54 catches for 633 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also finished his 2016 seasons with 23 receptions on 29 targets for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns. He even went to Super Bowl LII in his 2017 season and finished with 152 receiving yards even though the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In March 2018, Danny Amendola moved to the Miami Dolphins. He signed a two-year contract with the team on March 15, 2018, making it the 5th professional teams he has played with. His career stats from 2009-2018 shows he has 475 total receptions with 4588 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns.
Salary and Net Worth
With a career that spans over a decade, Danny has achieved quite a lot in terms of football experience and financial earnings. His two-year contract with the Dolphins is worth $12,000,000, with an average salary of $6,000,000 and a signing guarantee of $6,000,000. His net worth is estimated at $13 million.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is He Married?
The professional football player is apparently single as he appears to be more focused on his football career. However, he was reportedly linked to a couple of young beautiful ladies including the American model, cheerleader, and actress Talor Reazin whom he dated briefly before meeting Kay Adams the Good Morning Football host.
As of 2016, Danny was said to be dating former Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo. The couple dated for about two years before the news about their separation caught the media attention. But it appears the two could hardly stay away from each other for so long as they were both seen together hugging and kissing each other around June 2018. Although they are not yet settled as husband and wife, we hope they would within a short time frame.