Sony Michel is an American football player who started playing professionally as a first-round pick for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, NFL. He grew up with his older sister and brother Marken Michel who is also an NFL player – a receiver for the Calgary Stampeders. Michel played college football at the University of Georgia before joining the Patriots after the 2018 NFL Draft.
He was born on February 17, 1995, in Orlando Florida, to Haitian immigrants and started playing football at the age of seven. He skyrocketed himself to a five-star recruit status and got most of the big franchise in the country seeking to recruit him.
Michel attended American Heritage School in Plantation, FL where he played as the starting running back in his eighth-grade. His parents Marie and Jean Michel were able to get jobs at his high school as a cook and janitor when he became a hero in his hometown of Plantation, Florida.
Sony Michel Draft Profile
At 5 feet 11inches, Michel is one of the best recruits in the state of Florida, he was rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and ranked as the third best running back and 13th best player overall. His ability to create yardage and pass protection made him a natural fit as an NFL starter; named Rose Bowl MVP in a four-TD performance and was invited to the Senior Bowl, but did not participate.
Michel also attended the NFL scouting combine and decided not to perform some of the stunts such as running the 60-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill or vertical or broad jumps. He not only signed a rookie contract with the Patriots, but he also signed a pre-draft endorsement deal with Adidas AG.
Before committing to the University of Georgia on April 26, 2013, Michel played football in high school for three years, scoring a total of 63 touchdowns, 7 receptions and rushed for 4,758 yards. His excellent field performances brought him college scholarships and he opted for the Georgia Bulldogs.
In his first season on the team, as a true freshman in 2014, Michel had one start in eight games in which he scored five rushing touchdowns (TDs), rushing for 410 yards on 64 carries. He began the 2015 season as a backup to the starting running back but gained a start in the Belk Bowl against Louisville. As a sophomore that season, he earned the Charley Trippi Most Versatile Player Award by running for 1,161 yards with 8 TDs on 219 rushes and 270 yards with three touchdowns on 26 receptions.
He started 2016 as the team captain, in 13 games, rushing for 840 yards with four TDs on 152 carries and receiving for 149 yards with one TD on 22 receptions.
Michel had a breakout year in 2017, by rushing for 1,227 yards, with 16 TDs in a total of 14 games and finished the season as the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP. He was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, with the 31st overall pick.
The Plantation native is mostly motivated by the opportunities the game brings for him to change the lives of his family and the people around him.
In the course of his career playing American football, Sony Michel has suffered a number of injuries including a fractured shoulder blade due to an ATV accident on July 4, 2014, prior to his junior season. The injury made him miss the opener against UNC, as well as four other games and was worked back into the rotation slowly while he healed. He also suffered a knee injury in the NFL training camp that kept him out of the entire preseason.
Michel enjoys more than a cordial family life and with his parents around, his success story is an inspiration to his fans. He doesn’t miss a chance to voice his appreciation towards his mom and dad for their sacrifices which brought him good fortunes.
In one of his social media post, the running back surprised his parents with new cars, an Audi SUV for his mother and a Chevrolet truck for his father. He wrote that he rather have them live their best life now and there is no doubt they surely will, as far as their sons continue raking in million dollar deals.