The New England Patriots running back Sony Michel has been one of their great assets from the 2018 NFL draft. The player was drafted from Georgia University where he completed his college career from 2014 to 2017. He turned pro in 2018 and was signed by the Patriots after the NFL draft of 2018. Since then, he has been enjoying a flourishing American football career. Being a newbie in the league, the player has proven to be a great force to be reckoned with when it comes to the running back position. Learn more about Sony Michel below.
Who is Sony Michel?
The American football prodigy was born to Haitian – American parents on the 17th day of February 1995. His birth name is Sony Michel and he was born in Orlando, Florida in the United States of America. Sony has an older sister, Lamise Michel as well as an older brother, Michel. His brother is also a football wide receiver currently associated with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Sony is of American nationality and Black ethnicity.
During his early years, Michel enrolled at the American Heritage School where he was lettered in football as well as track and field events. In his senior year, the running back had a total of 24 touchdowns and 1,833 rushing yards. When his high school career came to an end, Sony was rated among the best running backs in his school and he also got a five-star rating from sporting websites including Rivals.com, among others. He committed to the University of Georgia for his college career.
The football star joined Georgia University’s football team in 2014. During his first season, Sony featured in the first eight games for the team before incurring an injury that kept him out for five games. At the end of his freshman season, Sony made five touchdowns and 410 rushing yards. The following season, he was placed as a backup to Nick Chubb. He later assumed the starting role after Chubb was away on an injury. During the 2016 season, Sony hauled a total of four touchdowns while rushing for 840 yards.
The running back had his breakout season in 2017; he put up a wonderful performance in the season following the recruitment of Jake Fromm who serves as the team’s quarterback. He also led the team to participate in the Rose Bowl. Sony’s highly praised performance earned him the Offensive MVP award of the Rose Bowl. He finished his college career with a total of 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,227 yards.
Details of His Professional Career Stats & Injury Updates
While his burgeoning college career came to an end in 2017, Sony Michel declared for the 2018 NFL draft. He went on to participate in the drills where he was listed among the top prospects of the draft. He was later chosen by the Patriots as the 31st player as well as the 3rd running back player to be selected that year. Afterward, the player penned down his rookie deal with the Patriots and went on to join the team’s training camp for the preseason games.
During the training camp, Sony incurred a knee injury which ruled him out from taking part in the entire preseason games. He returned after a few weeks and made his first appearance for the Patriots in the second week of the 2018/19 season. The running back started the season with a low pace and has continued to improve in his skills as the season progresses. He was named the first rookie to notch over 100 yards in a game since Brandon Bolden in 2012. He scored a touchdown while rushing for 98 yards in their week 5 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts.
In August 2018, the running back suffered another knee injury after colliding with Chicago’s defensive tackle Bilal Nichols. During the encounter, Sony twisted his knee in an awkward position; thus finding it very difficult to get up from the spot, two trainers helped him out of the field to the locker room. However, after an MRI was conducted, it showed that his injury wasn’t so serious. He finally returned to the active roster after being away for a few weeks. Meanwhile, Sony has been one of the key players in the Patriots lineup this season. Despite starting the season on a low pace, he has quickly made his way into the team’s winning squad.
Height and Weight
The Patriots running back is a very tall dude; he stands at a height of 5 feet 11inches (1.83m) with a commensurate body weight of 98 kg (215lbs). In addition to that, Sony has a masculine bodybuild, his hair is black while his eyes are brown in color.