Another famous name in NFL history is Kelvin Benjamin who is a former American football wide receiver.
Kelvin Benjamin Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents, Education
He was born on February 5, 1991, to an American mother and a Jamaican father in Bella Glade, Florida. His father was deported to Jamaica when he was 2 years old and so half of his years, as a middle schooler, were spent in the juvenile detention center.
After being released from the detention center, Benjamin started focusing on football. He completed high school when he turned 20 years old as he had to repeat the 3rd and 7th grades.
While attending Glades Central High School in Florida, Benjamin ran track and played football and basketball.
Kelvin Benjamin Career Details
Playing as a wide receiver in football, he was named First Team All-Palm Beach County and was selected to the Palm-Beach Post All-Area First Team. In the 8 games that he played, Benjamin scored 6 touchdowns and 30 receptions for 551 yards. Moreover, he competed in jumping events, in track & field, and got a 1.84 meters high personal-best jump at the 2009 FHSAA 2A District 13 in the high jump, tying for 3rd position. He also recorded a 6.48 meters high career-best leap, securing gold in the long jump event, at the 2010 Glades Central Invitational.
In his class, Kelvin Benjamin was ranked as No. 60 overall and No. 7 wide receivers along with being regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and as No. 12 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. According to ESPN.com, he was ranked as No. 23 while 247Sports.com ranked him as No. 89 nationally and No. 13 wide receiver. Thus, he got scholarship offers from various universities such as Auburn, Miami, Virginia Tech but chose Florida State University over the others. In 2011, Benjamin was redshirted but, in 2012, played all 14 games in which he recorded 4 touchdowns and 30 receptions for 495 yards. Next year, he had 15 touchdowns and 54 receptions for 1,011 yards. This included the victorious touchdown in the BCS title game with 13 seconds remaining against Auburn. Benjamin was selected to the All-ACC Third Team by the media, All-ACC Second Team by the coaches, and All-American First Team by Sports Illustrated. After the sophomore season, he decided to forfeit his last 2 years of eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite this, he was given a first-round grade by NFL Draft Advisory Board and was amply considered, in the 2014 NFL Draft, as one of the top wide receivers. Due to his flair, many scouts reckoned Benjamin as the first-round pick while others were concerned about his hands and lack of route running.
With the 28th pick of the first round, he was subsequently selected by the Carolina Panthers signing a $7.66 million 4-year deal. His debut performance was against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2014, in which he recorded 1 touchdown and 6 receptions for 92 yards. For his first week’s performance, Benjamin was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. After scoring exceptionally well in simultaneous games, he became one of the only 2 rookies to gain 300 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 30 years and was announced as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month of September. 2015 didn’t prove to be fortunate for Kelvin Benjamin as he tore his ACL in a practice session and couldn’t play the season. However, he returned in the 2016 season opener game and performed outstandingly. The Panthers then traded Benjamin to Buffalo Bills in 2017 and recorded 1 touchdown along with 23 receptions for 354 yards in 12 games.
Commentators and fans claimed that Benjamin’s progress had declined and this could probably be due to his knee injuries. Eventually, in 2018, Benjamin was released by the Bills and inked a 1-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs. In three regular-season games, he made only 2 catches and did not appear in the team’s playoff games. He hasn’t played football since.
Kelvin Benjamin Body Measureements
Weighing 111kg, the 6 ft and 5 inches tall Benjamin Kelvin is currently an unsigned free agent.
Kelvin Benjamin Marriage Details
The former wide receiver is known to be in a relationship with Briona Mae whom he met in 201. The couple, even though is not yet married, has two daughters and a son.
Kelvin Benjamin Net Worth
Benjamin has an estimated net worth of $1 million.