The 2015 National Football League (NFL) Draft brought a number of football players into the national league and Devin Funchess was one of them. After playing for four seasons during his college football career at the University of Michigan, the former tight end forwent his remaining eligibility in favor of the 2015 NFL Draft which held from April 30 – May 2. He was subsequently selected in the second round with the 41st overall pick by the Carolina Panthers.
Years on, the young star still plays America’s number one sport with the same love and passion he had when he first began.
Who is Devin Funchess?
Devin Funchess was born on May 21, 1994, in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and was raised in many ways by his grandfather even though his mother was also around. According to the player, his father had been in jail since he was 2 years old.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Devin went through some ugly experiences that a child is not supposed to go through. He was born into a black American family where his mother constantly had financial problems, making his childhood difficult. These money issues came up as a result of his mother’s gambling lifestyle and resulted in multiple evictions from their places of living. At some point, the player was on the streets and had to move in with strangers. However, the now-Panthers wide receiver was able to learn many lessons from those experiences which are helping him in some ways today.
Speaking with Dan Le Batard on the ESPN show Highly Questionable, Devon said that the third eviction after he got back from high school class and met his belongings sitting outside the apartment was what motivated him to work hard in order to get a scholarship in football.
Devin Funchess was a student at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills where he played football (as a tight end), basketball and was also involved in track and field events. As a senior in 2011, he recorded 21 receptions for 452 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense, in addition to also making 3 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, and 3 pass break-ups on defense. Consequently, he was named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List. He finished from the school with a four-star recruit by rating by the ESPN.com and was also named as the fifth tight end in the nation in 2012.
With such high premium put on him, Devin Funchess had his wish of landing a scholarship granted and he committed to play football for the University of Michigan in 2011. During the 2012 season, the Farmington Hills native became the team’s leading tight end, having replaced an injured teammate. Devin made his first start in the season’s second game in which he recorded 106 receiving yards and a touchdown. Following his performance in the season, the tight end was a 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the media and was also named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.
The following season, Devin Funchess became the Wolverines’ second-leading receiver, recording 19 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns in the first six games of the season. He also set a record of highest average yards per catch (21.5) in the Big Ten Conference. At the close of the season, Funchess was named as Big Ten’s Tight End of the year.
He was eventually moved to play as a wide receiver and on August 30, 2014, when he played his first game in the new position. On December 9, 2014, the young star decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and join the 2015 NFL Draft.
The former Michigan Wolverine was drafted by the Carolina Panthers and this opened the door for his first big contract of four years worth $5.5 million.
At the end of the regular season, he made 31 catches for 473 yards which was the fifth highest for a rookie receiver in franchise history. He also made five touchdown catches which was also the second most for a rookie.
Devin Funchess played 15 games in 2016 and made 7 starts. However, the season ended early for him after he suffered a knee injury and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.
The wide receiver who is now in his fourth year of earning seven figures has learned to use his money wisely by putting a limit to his spending. In a bid to avoid the same financial mistake his family once made, Devin Funchess limits himself to a monthly allowance of $8,000, saving a large chunk of his monthly income.
The former Harrison High student is 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and weighs 225 lb (102 kg). His arm length is 33 1⁄2 in (0.85 m) while his hand size measures 9 3⁄4 in (0.25 m).