The New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) has remained successful over the years owing to the quality of players and coaching crew the team engages their services. Among the excellent players of the team is Rex Burkhead, the side’s running back who began his football journey with the Cornhuskers football team of Nebraska University before being drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
He spent four remarkable seasons with the Bengals before joining the Patriots in 2016. This piece is all about the things one ought to know about the No. 34 running back.
Who Is Rex Burkhead?
Rex Burkhead is an American footballer who was born on July 2, 1990, to Robyn and Rick Burkhead in Lexington, Kentucky, US. He grew up in Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Rex schooled and played high school football at Plano Senior High School in Piano, Texas. His extraordinary performances were very instrumental in the school’s state semifinal appearance in the Texas 5-A football playoffs. As a freshman, he was part of Class 5a state championship basketball team; he would earn first-team all-district honor in basketball as a junior and as a senior.
With his intimidating high school records, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship. During his freshman year, he played 9 games and recorded 346 rushing yards on 81 carries with 3 touchdowns. In his sophomore season during which he played as a backup, he appeared in 14 games and rushed for 951 yards on 172 carries and 7 touchdowns.
In his third season in 2011, he regained his starting position as a junior and rushed for 1,357 yards on 284 carries with 15 touchdowns. His school record of 38 carries in a single game against the Iowa Hawkeyes made it possible for him to make the first team All-Big Ten selection. Burkhead’s 2012 season was ruined by injuries that made him miss six games. In the remaining games that he played, he rushed for 675 yards on 98 carries.
Quick Facts About The NFL Running Back
1. Professional Career Timeline
With the spectacular performances that Burkhead recorded in College, both on and off the field, he finished University in 2012 with a degree in History and readied himself for the 2013 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the year’s draft as the 190th overall pick.
His rookie season was frustrated by injuries that left him with just a single game. He made progress in the following season and played 9 games out of the possible 16. In the four seasons he spent with Bengals, he played a total of 42 regular games and rushed for 375 yards while pulling off 3 touchdowns before joining the New England Patriots. He joined the Patriots on March 14, 2017, on a one year contract worth $3.15 million.
Although Burkhead joined the Patriots on a single year contract, his exploits in the team impressed the management and earned him another three years contract. In his two regular seasons at the Patriots, he has played 18 games and rushed for 450 yards while managing 5 touchdowns.
2. His Salary and Net Worth
The Kentucky-born footballer has been enjoying a decent fortune in the NFL since he turned professional. After his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals expired, he was signed by the Patriots on a one year deal worth $3.15 million. This was renewed, earning the running back another three-year contract worth $9.75 million in 2018.
As at the time of this writing, it is difficult to place a figure on Rex Burkhead’s net worth.
3. Rex’s Wife and Kids
Burkhead is a married man, he met his wife, Danielle Wiggans Burkhead years ago and they remained close and supportive of each other. Just like Burkhead, his wife was also born in Texas.
She attended Texas A&M University where she bagged a degree in Communications. When it was obvious that they were meant for each other, they sealed their love with marital vows in a wedding they held at Piano, Texas, in February 22nd, 2014, with close family and friends in attendance.
The union has produced a son who was born during the Thanksgiving season, on the 17th day of November 2018. They named him Jett Michael Burkhead.
4. He Is a Humanitarian
Following the succor he offered a 6-year-old patient with a rare pediatric brain tumor called low-grade glioma, he won the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. Aside from this, Rex Burkhead is involved in other endeavors that seek to promote the welfare of humanity.
5. His Height and Weight
Disregarding his charming personality, the Patriots’ star has a nice physique that makes him a ladies’ man – little wonder his long term girlfriend held unto him since their paths crossed. He stands at a height of 5 ft 10 (1.78 m) and weighs 98 kg (215 lb).