American football analysts would argue that in recent times, Jalen Mills has been more identifiable in a game because of his green hairdo rather than his impact. The Philadelphia Eagles’ seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has faced huge criticism over his contributions but is however still considered as a player who can be unplayable on his day.
Jalen Mills’ Early Life and Career Beginnings
Jalen Mills was born on the 6th of April 1994 in Dallas, Texas. As a young child, Mills showed outstanding athletic ability which made him the talk of his hometown. He attended Lancaster High School for his first three high school years before transferring to DeSoto High School. In his senior year at DeSoto, Mills recorded 26 tackles, 1 interception, and 6 pass breakups. He then committed to attend Louisiana State University (LSU).
Upon graduating in 2011, Mills enrolled at LSU where he got to play under head coach Les Miles. The cornerback started all 13 games in his freshman year, recording 57 tackles and 2 interceptions. In the following year, he improved to 67 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 3 sacks in 13 starts. For his junior year, Jalen Mills was used mostly as a safety as he recorded 62 tackles and 1 interception. Mills played in lesser games in his final collegiate season due to an injury that made him miss the first six games. He only recorded just 30 tackles but, however, still garnered CBS Sports All-American honors.
Upon graduating from college, Mills was projected to be a second or third round pick but his injury, however, scared a few teams away from selecting him. He ended up being snapped up in the 7th round as the 233rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Mills subsequently went into training camp seeking a starting cornerback position but that did not go as planned as his coach named him the fourth cornerback on the roster.
He made his NFL debut in his team’s 2016 season-opener against the Cleveland Browns where he contributed with two solo tackles to his team’s victory. He then went ahead to record 61 combined tackles (51 solo) and 7 passes defended in his rookie season.
At the beginning of the 2017 season, Mills was able to secure the starting cornerback spot. He showed his coaches he deserved the job by recording 9 combined tackles, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception in the 2017 season opener against the Washington Redskins. Mills kept up his performances into the season, and by week 8, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded 64 combined tackles (51 solo) and 14 passes defended as his team made a run to the Super Bowl where they beat the New England Patriots.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
In comparison to his colleagues, Jalen Mills can be described as short, although in the real world he will definitely pass for being averagely tall with a height of 6 feet 0 inches or 1.83 m. He further weighs 196 pounds or 89 kg and has an arm length of 31 1⁄8 inches or 0.79 m and a hand size of 9 1⁄8 inches or 0.23 m.
Other Interesting Tidbits
Jalen Mills is said to be in a long-term relationship with Nerissa Strong, a Louisiana State University graduate that majored in Psychology. Ms. Strong, who was born on the 31st of August, 1995, now works as a certified Behaviour Therapist at Butterfly Effects Center and resides in Mills’ hometown of DeSoto. It is not clear if Nerissa Strong was the girlfriend who was said to have punched another woman that Mills was romantically involved with in college. Mills was initially arrested for the incident but was released later on when the supposed girlfriend, who was not named in the reports, admitted to being the one who carried out the attack.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, Jalen Mills put pen to paper on a $2.41 million contract that is worth over four years. This puts the cornerback’s average annual salary just over $600,000.
His Life on Social Media
Mills is very active on social media. The player, who is nicknamed the Green Goblin, because of his green-dyed hair, challenged fans on Twitter to do the same to their hair if the team wins the Super Bowl, which they did. Many fans were subsequently spotted with green patches either on their hair or their pets, a move that prompted him to promise to not do away with his trademark hairstyle as long as he remains an Eagle.
According to Mills, the green hairdo came about as a joke between him and his friends. He ended up liking it and decided to continue wearing it, for the time being at least.