Famed as a professional American footballer, Riley Bullough is a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spots the number 49 jersey. Bullough, who joined the NFL in 2017, comes from a family that boasts of a great football heritage. Get to know more about him here as this piece covers his bio, details about his parents, siblings, body stats, and much more.
Riley Bullough Biography
Riley Bullough was born on the 23rd of November 1993 in Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan. He had his high school education at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan where he commenced his football career in earnest. At St Francis, Bullough was not only a linebacker but also played as a quarterback and a safety. In his sophomore year, he completed 36-of-62 passes (.581) for 598 yards, 12 touchdowns, and five interceptions as he led the Gladiators to victory in the state championship. He also added 10 tackles and an interception and was named the most valuable offensive player by his teammates.
In his senior year (2011), Riley Bullough completed 21-of-43 passes (.488) for 292 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 42 times for 327 yards (7.8 avg.) and pulled off six touchdowns. On the defensive side, he recorded 31 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (15 yards), three pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. Thus, he was rated amongst the nation’s top safeties by ESPN.com.
For his college education, Riley Bullough attended Michigan State University where he majored in media and information. He spent a total of five years (2012 – 2016) in college and was redshirted in his first year. In his second year, he saw some limited game time but got more playing opportunities in his third year. That year, he appeared in all 13 games recording 29 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions. The next year, Bullough did even better with an outstanding 106 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 4.0 sacks as the Spartans won the Big Ten title and also qualified for the Rose Bowl.
Overall, in 50 career games for the Spartans (out of which he started 23), Riley Bullough recorded 214 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. On the academic side, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media and information. Riley Bullough took part in the 2017 NFL draft but was unlucky as he was not drafted. He was thereafter signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent. With that, he made his NFL debut on the 18th of December 2017 in a match against the Atlanta Falcons.
Riley’s Parents and Siblings
Riley Bullough comes from a family of six which includes his dad Shane and LeeAnn, his mom. He has a sister named Holly and two brothers called Max and Byron. The Bullough family boasts of a rich football legacy. They are the “First Family of Football” at Michigan State University (MSU) and the reason is not farfetched. Bullough’s dad, Shane Bullough was a linebacker at MSU from 1983-86. His granddad, Hank Bullough, equally played as a linebacker at MSU from 1952 to 1954 and later coached the college.
Bullough’s paternal uncle, Chuck, also played as a linebacker at MSU from 1988 to 1991. On the flip side, Bullough’s maternal grandfather, Jim Morse, was a halfback for Notre Dame from 1954 to 1956 and was made the school’s captain in 1956. Maternal uncle, Jim Morse Jr. was as well a cornerback at Notre Dame from 1976 to 1977 while yet another maternal uncle, Bobby Morse was a running back at MSU from 1983 to 1986.
Riley Bullough’s siblings are also not slacking at all. His elder brother, Max, is a linebacker and equally played for MSU where he was voted the Spartans’ captain in his senior year. In four years with the Spartans, Max recorded a total of 299 tackles. He joined the NFL in 2014 and has played for the Houston Texans as well as the Cleveland Browns. His younger brother Byron currently plays college football at MSU and is also a linebacker.
Holly has followed in her brothers’ footsteps and is on an athletic scholarship at MSU. However, rather than football, Holly is a track and cross-country star. While in high school, she earned All-Conference and All-State honors in both track and cross-country. She won a total of 14 first-place finishes at the state championships in the 5000m, 1600m, and 800m races.
His Height and Weight
Riley Bullough is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs a modest 228 lb (103 kg). Riley is football smart which is not surprising given that it runs in his blood. Even though he has an average size, he makes up for it with his willingness to get physical whenever the situation demands it.