Calvin Ridley is a professional American footballer who joined the National Football League in the 2018 Draft. The two-time champion of the College Football Playoff National Championship (CFPNC) was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons as a wide receiver and is still on the team’s roster.
Calvin Ridley Biography (Age)
The player whose middle name is Orin was born on December 20, 1994, in Coconut Creek, Florida. He attended Lion’s Creek Middle School before going over to Monarch High School both in Coconut Creek, Florida. In high school, Calvin Ridley was part of the Knights, the school’s football team. The young man was 19 by his senior year and as a result of Florida age restriction rules which does not permit anyone over 19 and nine months old to be eligible, he played only 3 games. At the conclusion of his high school career, Calvin was rated to be a five-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals, with ESPN naming him the best receiver in the class of 2015.
Moving forward, the Coconut Creek-born wide receiver enrolled into the University of Alabama, continuing his football career there. In his first game after being redshirted in 2014, he recorded three receptions for 22 yards and scored the first touchdown of his collegiate career. At the end of the 2015 season, he led the SEC in receptions with 89 points. Ridley remained a strong force in 2016 and 2017 but in 2018, he announced that he would forego his senior year to join the 2018 NFL Draft.
Calvin Ridley was eventually selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (26th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. On July 5, 2018, he signed a four-year deal with the team worth $10.9 million, including a signing bonus of $6.1 million.
His Brother and Family
Calvin Ridley was born to Colin Ridley (father) and Kassna Daniels (mother). When he was 7 years old, his father was deported to Guyana, and the family has not seen him ever since.
The wide receiver is the oldest of four brothers, including Riley Ridley who is also a football player with the Georgia Bulldogs football team of the University of Georgia. Riley was born on July 22, 1996, as Cavin Riley Ridley but now goes by his middle name.
Growing up was tough for the brothers. With their father out of the scene, their mother tried her best to keep the family going but she had her own issues which led to the brothers spending a couple of years in foster care at SOS Children’s Villages in Coconut Creek. According to Calvin, being there was hard but football was their way out.
As kids, even though things were not as smooth as they would have wanted, they always talked about playing in the NFL and going to college and from the first time they played on a team when Calvin was 11 and Riley 9, they were always teammates.
While at SOS Villages, the brothers attended Lion’s Creek Middle School in Coconut Creek. By the time they reached high school, their mother had her life back in order.
Speaking of the brothers, their high school coach, Calvin Davis, said the village and also their mother played a very big part in ensuring that they stayed on the right path and had an opportunity to play on the big stage. Calvin, on the other hand, served as a student coach during his senior season at Monarch High and also helped keep Riley focused, talking to him often about doing the right things.
In early 2018, the brothers were fielded against each other in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and their mother and family members were present to cheer them. At the end of the game, Calvin and Riley exchanged jerseys on the field.
Riley Ridley plays for the University of Georgia football team as a wide receiver and nurses high hopes of joining his brother in the NFL after graduation.
Looking back at where they started from, these young chaps can be best described as resilient fighters. Against all odds, the brothers never let anything block the sight of their dreams and because they stayed to it and never gave up, it has become a reality now. According to Georgia receivers coach, James Coley, making this transition – going to college and getting their degrees – is proof that they are fighters. Thanks to their mom and coach at home who fought along with them.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
The Falcon’s wide receiver has a well-built body which is said to be one of the major reasons for his success in the league. Calvin Ridley who wears jersey number 18, stands at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and has a body weight of 86 kilogram (190 lb). The player also has a hand size measuring 9 1⁄8 inches (0.23 m) and an arm length of 31 5⁄8 inches (0.80 m).