Nick Mullens is an NFL quarterback who plays for the San Francisco 49ers. Even though he enjoyed a record-breaking career in college, Mullens went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. He bounced from the practice squad and eventually made his way into the San Francisco 49ers’ first team. Mullens finally got his chance to shine in November 2018, and as expected, he delivered an unforgettable debut.
Since then, he has become a known name in the National Football League. Though he is yet to land such opportunity again, having been surrounded by highly rated quarterbacks, his capability as a highly-skilled quarterback speak volume to date. While he has been enjoying a blossoming career, Nick also has an interesting love story, which began since his days at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he posted an outstanding football career.
Nick Mullens Started Playing American Football In His Formative Years
Mullens spent his formative years in Hoover, Alabama, and attended Spain Park High School. In high school, he was a multi-sport athlete and participated in American football and baseball. He, however, shone best on the football field, recording an exceptional 3,649 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions in his senior year alone. These achievements fetched him several honors, including Gatorade 2012 Alabama Football Player of the Year.
He finished high school with a total of 8,605 career passing yards, setting a record in the Alabama High School Athletic Association as the 7th most passing yards in the history of AHSAA. Thanks to his high school exploits, Nick Mullens received offers from several colleges, but he chose the University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, he majored in Marketing and played football for the school’s Golden Eagles team.
The Alabama-native completed 546 of 928 passes for 11,994 yards, 87 touchdowns, and 46 interceptions in his four years in college. The above-mentioned stats surpassed every other previously-held record in the school, including those set by NFL great, Brett Favre. He additionally set other records, including becoming the first quarterback in his freshman year to pass for over 300 yards in a single game. The ace athlete then ended his collegiate career as the career passing leader.
He joined San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and Has Signed Multiple Contracts with the Team
Despite an outstanding college career, Nick Mullens went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. Afterward, he joined the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers. Although the 49ers already had three reliable quarterbacks at the time, the Alabama native had to settle with being their 4th string quarterback. According to Spotrac, Nick Mullens penned down a 3-year contract valued at $1.6 million with the NFL franchise in 2017.
Later in 2018, he signed another contract with the 49ers worth a non-guaranteed sum of $1.05 million and equally earned an average salary of $555,000 for the season. He, however, did not allow the fact of being signed to the practice squad to discourage him but worked hard, even when he had no hopes of playing. Nick Mullens was eventually promoted to the active roster in November 2018 when the other quarterbacks suffered various injuries.
Following his contract, Mullens further earned a salary of $525,000 for the 2019 season, though he played only one game that season as Jimmy Garoppolo returned as the 49ers starting quarterback. In 2020, he was offered another contract by the San Francisco 49ers, a one-year exclusive rights free agent tender valued at $750,000. Currently, his net worth is estimated between $1 million and $5 million. There is no doubt that if the sportsman continues with his impressive form, he will be rewarded with fatter paychecks and juicier contracts.
Nick Mullens Graced the Limelight Following His Incredible Performance in the 2018 Season
Mullens was named the starting quarterback for the 49ers week ten game against Oakland Raiders. He made his NFL debut on the 1st of November 2018 and gave an unforgettable performance, completing 22 passes for 262 yards, with three touchdowns, and zero interceptions, thus leading his team to a 34-3 victory. He attained in the process, a terrific passing rate of 151.9, which emerged as the highest for a quarterback with at least twenty passing attempts in their first NFL game since 1970.
His amazing debut fetched him a congratulatory phone call from Brett Favre himself. His Twitter account also received the precious blue tick confirmation mark even before the game was over! Then in the next game against the New York Giants, which the 49ers lost 27-23, Nick Mullens posted one touchdown and threw for 250 yards. He later posted a career-high 414 passing yards along with two touchdowns and one interception in the week thirteen game against Seattle Seahawks.
His team eventually defeated Seattle Seahawks for the first time since 2013 during week fifteen game and registered a score of 26-23, with Mullens throwing for 275 yards and one touchdown in the game. He ended the 2018 season with 2,277 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Mullens’ career statistics so far in his NFL career has been impressive despite playing only in the second half of the 2018 season since joining the league.
He has achieved passing completion of 176, passing attempts of 274, and passing yards of 2,277, as well as completion percentage of 64.5, 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and passing rating of 90.8. Although he is yet to get any meaningful playing time since 2018, he has continued to improve his playing skills behind the scenes and hopes to perform at a high level when another opportunity comes knocking.
Nick Mullens Comes From a Sports Oriented Family
Nicholas Clayton Mullens was born on the 21st of March 1995, in Little Rock, Arkansas. His nationality is American while his ethnicity is Caucasian. Mullens hails from a family of five; his father’s name is Mark while his mother’s name is Suzanne. The quarterback also has an elder sister named Heather and an elder brother named Frank.
It must be noted that Mullens is not the first professional athlete in his family’s history. His maternal grandfather, Ernie Tabor, and his maternal uncle, Scott, were both professional baseball players. Ernie played as a pitcher in the 1950s for the Philadelphia Phillies while Scott was associated with the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team, where he was also a pitcher and set the record for most career wins.
The NFL Star Tied The Knot At The Age Of 22
The quarterback is enjoying marital bliss with his wife, Haleigh Hughes. Mullens first met his wife when they were both students at Southern Miss. While he was playing for the school’s football team, his future wife was cheering him up along with the rest of the cheerleading team. They commenced their relationship in 2015, and after dating for a little over a year, the NFL player popped the question to his college sweetheart in December 2016.
The cute couple walked down the aisle the following year, precisely in July 2017. They now reside in California following Mullens’ contract with the 49ers. Hughes has been highly supportive of her husband’s career and often participates in events organized by his team. Following his magnificent debut, she posted a tribute to him on Instagram, in which she described him as an incredible human with a pure heart and soul.
They Welcomed Their First Child in 2019
A look at Mullens’ family, one can’t help but admire how lovely and perfect they seem. The lovely couple, who has known each other since their college days, are now parents to a son christened Luke Mullens. Luke was born on August 30th, 2019, and his birth occurred a day after Nick made a cameo appearance in the preseason finale. The 49ers star received lots of congratulatory messages from both his fans and teammates. As a doting dad, Nick likes spending his free time with his wife and son.
What We Know About His Better Half, Haleigh Hughes
Haleigh Hughes is a native of Mississippi, born on the 24th of March 1994. Her parents’ names are Kiley and Kellie Hughes, and she has two brothers, one of whom is named Layton. Hughes obtained her diploma from Ocean Springs High School before moving to the University of Southern Mississippi for her college degree.
During her college days, she was a well-rounded student as she not only maintained a healthy GP but also excelled in cheerleading. She graduated in 2016 and has since made a career as an elementary school teacher. Before that, she served as an instructor at the Universal Cheerleaders Association for years before getting recruited as a 4th-grade teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary.