Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Joey Bosa

Age/Date of Birth:
27 years old (July 11, 1995)
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Wife or Girlfriend:Josie Rosario
Parents:Father: John Bosa
Net Worth:$30 million

Finding a career in football was never a big issue for young Joey Bosa who was already famously known for his athletic prowess from his high school days, thanks to his family’s football history. The American football defensive end who was Chargers’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in the NFL 2016 draft has groomed himself for the best. He sits comfortably among the top five defensive ends in the NFL.

Since his rookie season where he recorded a single fumble, 41 tackles, and 10.5 sack, Bosa has not failed to prove that he is worth the Los Angeles Charger’s pick. His strength and technicality is one you would only find in a well skilled and experienced player. Get to know more about the great player.

Joey Bosa Is From A Family of NFL Players

Joseph Anthony Bosa was born on July 11, 1995, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He is the son of John Bosa who also played defensive tackle as a collegiate and was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round and 16th overall of the 1987 NFL Draft. Bosa’s mother’s name is Cheryl Bosa, his younger brother Nick Bosa also plays football in defensive positions. Bosa’s great-grandfather, Tony Accardo, was a Chicago-based American mobster, popularly known as “Big Tuna”.

Comparing Joey’s Career Attainments to His Younger Brother’s

Nick Bosa plays for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL as a defensive end. The franchise drafted him in 2019 as the second pick in the first round. Thereafter, he signed a four-year deal with the side reported to be worth $33.5 million with a $22.5 million signing bonus.

Considering he only joined the league in 2019 whereas his older brother has been a part of it since 2016, it is quite unfair to compare what they have been able to accomplish but let’s do that anyway.

Nick Bosa’s NFL Career Highlights and Awards

  • PFWA All-Rookie Team – 2019
  • PFWA Rookie of the Year – 2019
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year – 2019
  • Pro Bowl – 2019

Joey Bosa’s NFL Career Highlights and Awards

  • PFWA All-Rookie Team – 2016
  • AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year – 2016
  • First-team All-Pro – 2019
  • Pro Bowl – 2017, 2019, 2020

How Joey Has Fared Compared to His Father and Grand-relatives

Joey’s father John Bosa also played as a defensive end. As one would easily find, he played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins from 1987 to 1989. In all, he was able to pull off 7.0 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.

John’s father and Joey’s grandfather Palmer Pyle also played as a guard in the NFL and AFL. Palmer played for the Baltimore Colts from 1960 to 1963, the Minnesota Vikings in 1964, and the Oakland Raiders in 1966.

Mike Pyle, Joey’s grand-uncle accomplished more than his brother Palmer and his nephew John. Mike played as a center for the Chicago Bears from 1961 to 1969 and is counted among the 100 greatest Bears of All-Time.

A lot has changed since Joey Bosa’s father and grand-relatives played professional football, so it is unnecessary to compare what they attained to Joey’s. In fact, Joey may not have been able to go as far as he has come if they didn’t set the pace for him.

Career Stats and Injury Setbacks

Joey has an American nationality and his ethnicity is American too. At St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he attended, Joey began his football career journey but not without the help of his father who trained him on the basics. Following his football excellence, ranked him a four-star recruit. He was also rated as the fourth-best defensive end in his class.

Moving to Ohio State University in April 2012, Joey performed better, winning many awards and accolades. Both College Football News and Sporting News named him freshman All-American after his 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 10 of 14 games record. He also recorded 55 tackles and 13.5 sacks in his sophomore and 47 tackles, with 5 sacks and one interception as a junior. He left college football for the NFL just after his junior season. He finished his college career with a total of 148 tackles and 26.0 sacks and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Lineman of the Year, and First Team All-American. He crowned it up with the Lombardi Award Finalist.

Joey joined the professional league in 2016 and was luckily selected by the Los Angeles Chargers on April 28, 2016. By making it as the third overall during the draft, Joey became the first of five players from Ohio, to be drafted in the first round of the NFL 2016 Draft. Joey debuted in his regular season on October 9 after suffering from a hamstring injury. He played in 27 snaps in a game against the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders and finished with 4 hurries, 2 sacks, and one hit. He was then named the Defensive Rookie of the year, after finishing his rookie season with 41 tackles, one fumble, and 10.5 sacks. His rookie performance also placed him as the 100th best player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.

Joey Bosa NFL draf, career and career stats
Joey Bosa drafted by the Chargers in the first round (3rd overall) image source

Joey Bosa went into his second season in the NFL with more determination and mind-blowing records and it worked out just as he thought. He finished his 2017 season ranking 7th in the NFL defensive ends after recording 70 tackles and 12.5 sacks. His performance also earned him his very first mention for the Pro – Bowls in 2017 and boosted his total career stats to 130 combined tackles, 98 total tackles, 27 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 1 recovered fumble. In his 2018 regular season, Joey recorded 15 total tackles and 4.0 sacks. The defensive player was injured during 11-on-11 practice ahead of the Chargers’ season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury did not only keep him out of the preseason but also kept him away from the beginning of the regular season.

What Is His Salary and How Much Is He Worth?

His Rookie Four-Year Deal Was Worth $25.8 Million

It was in 2016 that Joey Bosa joined the NFL, for a player drafted as the third pick in the first round, it was only natural for people to anticipate that he would command a huge paycheck. As expected, it emerged that the Los Angeles Chargers (then known as San Diego) were very eager to have Joey play for the team. They handed him a four-year contract worth $25.8 million.

Following the four-year contract that Joey Bosa signed with the chargers, the defensive player became a big-earner. The contract signed on August 29, 2016, came with a signing bonus payment of over $17 million, which is higher than any rookie had received in the last two NFL drafts.

The Defensive End Signed a Five-Year Contract Extension Worth $135 Million in 2020

Given his exceptional performance with the team, it was only natural that the Los Angeles Chargers made a move to extend Joey’s stay with the team when he approached the end of his rookie deal. Sometime in July 2020, Bosa made another pact with the franchise. This time, it was a five-year deal that would have him earn a massive $135 million.

The contract guaranteed $102 million and that very year it was signed, the defensive end earned a total of $43 million: $35 million as signing bonus, $7 million as rooster bonus, and a $1 million base salary. In 2021, he’s expected to earn $13.75 million as a base salary.

A Breakdown of What He’s Expected to Earn In Years to Come

  • 2022 – $21.25 Million
  • 2023 – $24 Million
  • 2024 – $22 Million
  • 2025 – $25.36 Million

Joey’s NFL Salaries are the Major Source of His $30 Million Net Worth

Based on the foregoing, it is clear for anyone to see that most of Joey Bosa’s wealth came from what he has earned playing for the Los Angeles Chargers in the National Football League. Even though he only joined the league in 2016, the fact that he is a remarkable player immediately made him a big earner thereof.

He lived up to what was expected of him during his rookie contract thereby making it possible for him to negotiate a better deal. Should he keep up with his fine performance, his net worth is bound to increase in years to come.

He Has Also Made Good Money From Endorsement Deals

Being one of the finest defensive ends in the league, it is not surprising that Joey Bosa commands a lot of influence. As such, he is getting more and more offers from brands who want him to be the face of their products and services.

It is known that he has bagged endorsement deals with the likes of MET-Rx. In 2020, Forbes estimated he earned about $750,000 from his endorsement deals.

How His Net Worth Grew Over the Years

  • 2016 – $9.4 Million
  • 2017 – $10 Million
  • 2018 – $14 Million
  • 2019 – $20 Million
  • 2020 – $25 Million
  • 2021 – $30 Million

How His Height and Weight Stacks Up Against Other Family Members

The defensive end player for the Los Angeles Chargers stands at 6 feet 5 inches tall, supported by a weight of 127 kg. His measurements before joining the NFL draft shows he was 6 ft 5 14 inches (1.96 m) with a bodyweight of 122 kg (269 lb). The length of his arm was 33 38 in and the size of his hand was 0 14 in.

Joey Bosa’s grandfather Palmer Pyle, his grand-uncle Mike Pyle, and his father John Bosa had their career a long time ago, playing for various teams in the NFL and AFL. During their time, the body features of a player weren’t much of a big deal as long as the player is visibly sturdy and agile. As such, records of things like a player’s hand size, arm length, weight, and height were hardly documented. Because of that, it has become impossible for anyone to compare Joey’s body measurements to that of his father and grand-relatives.

Nonetheless, the case is different for Joey and his brother Nick Bosa. They are both a part of the current era of American football where it is believed that the body measurements of a player have a direct impact on his performance and abilities. If that’s true, then Nick who became a part of the league in 2019 has all it takes to equal the attainments of his older brother in the NFL. The brothers have almost the same body measurements.

While Joey is 1.96 m tall and weighs around 122 kg, Nick is 1.92 m tall and weighs 121 kg. The close call extends to their arm length and hand size. In that order, the older Bosa measures 0.85 m and 0.26 m while the younger Bosa measures 0.84 m and 0.27 m.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Joseph
Last Name:Bosa
Also Known As:
'Big Bear'
Football defensive end
Famous For:Los Angeles Chargers
Colleges/Universities Attended:
The Ohio State University,
Educational Qualifications:
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
27 years old (July 11, 1995)
Zodiac Sign:Cancer
Birth Place:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
280 lb (127 kg)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Josie Rosario
Family and Relatives
John Bosa
Mother:Cheryl Bosa
Siblings:Nick Bosa - Brother
Other Relatives:
Palmer Pyle -Grandfather
Mike Pyle - grand-uncle
Tony Accardo - Great-grandfather
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$30 million
Source of Wealth:
Football Career
Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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