Khalil Mack has become one of the most dominant players in the National Football League and the reason for this is not far-fetched; his explosive defensive style is very productive. The Chicago Bears’ linebacker has continued to deliver over the years, setting various records for tackles, sacks, and forced fumbles both in college and as a professional. He has so far received five Pro Bowl nods and has been named to the All-Pro First Team thrice. In 2016, he won the league’s defensive player of the year award as well as the Butkus Award which he won again in 2018.
The Florida native turned pro in 2014 after being selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fifth overall pick at that year’s draft. He spent four years with the Raiders before joining the Chicago Bears for a record-breaking six-year contract worth $141 million.
Khalil Mack’s Life Before The NFL
Khalil Delshon Mack’s journey to the NFL began when he was five years of age in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. His father, Sandy Mack Sr., introduced him to the sport which he went on to take a liking to even though he was said to have preferred either basketball and baseball.
While attending Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Mack played both football and basketball. His football career, however, later took a back seat to his basketball one as he struggled to play as a quarterback. Before his sophomore season, Mack’s hopes of securing a college scholarship with basketball took a huge blow as he suffered a tear in his patella tendon. His football coach was said to have stepped in at this time to recruit him back to the sport to play as a linebacker, promising to help him earn a scholarship when it was all said and done.
Khalil Mack went on to lead his team to a district championship in his senior year, making a total of 140 tackles along the way to earn All-State and All-Area first-team honors. His exploits on the field were noticed by the State University of New York in Buffalo who offered him an athletic scholarship.
After redshirting his first year in college in 2009, Khalil proved to be the most productive defender in his division in the following years to be regarded as the Best Buffalo Player in Division I history of the program. He recorded 68 tackles in 2010, 64 tackles in 2011, 94 tackles in 2012, and a career-high 100 tackles in his senior year to win the 2013 season CFPA Linebacker Trophy and the 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year award,
Details Of His NFL Career
Following a stellar college career, Khalil Mack was one of the highly-rated prospects of the 2014 NFL draft. On draft day, he was eventually selected with the fifth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders behind Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson, and Blake Bortles.
With his selection, Mack displaced defensive tackle Gerry Philbin to become the highest player ever be selected by the Buffalos and also the first and only Buffalo player to be picked in the first round. He went on to sign a four-year, $18.67 million deal with the team.
Khalil Mack played his first game as an NFL player against the New York Jets, recording 6 tackles. By the time he was done with his rookie season, he was placed third in voting for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Nevertheless, analysts on NFL Live named him the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was also among the three linebackers picked to join USA Football’s sixth annual All-Fundamentals Team.
In the 2015 season, Mack began playing both in the outside linebacker and right defensive end positions. His amazing performance during the season, which included tying a Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, went on to earn him his first Pro Bowl selection. Thanks to his consistency on the pitch all through the year, he ended the season strong, becoming the very first player in the history of the NFL to make the AP All-Pro First Team in two different positions within the same year.
Khalil Mack remained consistent in the next two seasons, recording a lot of achievements and earning a number of recognitions, including the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the 2016 Butkus Award. He was also named to his second and third straight Pro Bowls in 2016 and 2017.
After his rookie deal elapsed in 2017, the Raiders took a fifth-year option on the linebacker’s contract. He was then traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2020 first-round pick, and a 2019 sixth, and 2020 third-round selection. Following the trade, Mack penned a six-year contract worth $141 million with the Bears. The deal, which guaranteed him $90 million, made him the highest-paid defender in the league’s history and placed him fourth on Forbes’ 2018 List of Highest-Paid NFL Players.
As he furthers his career with the Bears, Khalil Mack keeps getting better at the game. In 2018, he was named to the First-team All-Pro, given a Butkus Award (Pro) and named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive year. He was also named as a starter for the 2020 Pro Bowl on the 17th of December 2019.
Body Statistics of the Man Described as a Freak Athlete
Khalil Mack has demonstrated great athletic ability, explosive power, and toughness that have all contributed to him having a flourishing career. According to statistics from the NFL, the linebacker who is known for his devastating bull rush, explosive “butt-and-jerk” and two-handed swipe maneuvers, stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches and weighs about 252 pounds (114 kg). In addition to this, he has an arm length of 33 ¼ inches and a hand size of 10 ¼ inches.
Who is Khalil Mack’s Girlfriend?
Being one of the most dominant players in the NFL, everything about Kahlil Mack’s professional journey is known to the public. That, however, can not be said about his love life. From the time he went pro, a lot of people have been craving to know much more about the player’s relationships but nothing concrete has been found.
In 2018, various publications alleged that the linebacker was dating Angela Simmons, daughter of former Run-DMC rapper, Rev Run. The speculations about Khalil and Angela being together were prompted by them being pictured together at a mall in Chicago when Angela visited the city. Some also based the rumors on the fact that the two were reportedly following each other on Instagram. The rumors were, however, never confirmed by either of the two.
In November 2018, Mack was seen with an unidentified girl at a Chicago Bulls game and as usual, the media set out to dig up her identity and the relationship between them. It was not until March 2019 that sportsgossip.com reported the girl to be Jehona Dreshaj, a native of Albania and a graduate of Digital Marketing from the University of Michigan.
Kahlil Mack has reportedly been dating Dreshaj since early 2018, the same period he was rumored to be dating Simmons. However, just like the story of him and Simmons, it is not confirmed whether or not he really has a thing going on with the beautiful Albanian.