Dont’a Hightower is an American football outsider who plays for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and has been recognized as an All-American, an honor bestowed annually on the best American college footballers. Hightower has also been a member of two BCS national teams, which are known for their versatility as he can play as both a midfielder and outside linebacker.
Bio, American Football
Hightower was born on March 12, 1990, in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and attended Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, where he played for the Marshall County Tigers high school football team. Hightower’s career in American football began when he played for his school’s football team in his first and second years. As a teenager at the time, Hightower rushed for over 1000 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games of the season, which earned him great recognition in the game.
Throughout his career, he played in various positions in the game. When he reached 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) before his junior year, Hightower was promoted to linebacker and tight end, from where he collected 98 tackles, two sacks, and seven forced fumbles. In the tight end, he caught 18 passes over 253 yards and four touchdowns. He again changed positions as a senior international and played on defense, earning him the 2007 3A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year and The Tennesseans Defensive Most Valuable Player awards.
Hightower’s Career at New England Patriots
In 2012, Dont’ a Hightower was the first selection round of the New England Patriots and one of the Patriots’ top linebackers, but it was not all sport for Hightower. His hard work on the field came with a hefty package, as his four-year contract with the Patriots was reportedly worth $7.7 million. He was named one of the team captains for the 2016 season and registered 13 tackles, two quarterback goals, and 1.5 bags. This earned him the title of AFC Defensive Player of the Week and put him in 94th place in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
Hightower was also part of the Patriots’ team that won the Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, when the team won the game against the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in extra time. Despite the tempting offers of the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dont’ a Hightower decided to stay with the Patriots and signed a four-year contract for $43.5 million to return to the team on March 15, 2017. With such a huge sum, he is now the second highest-paid traditional linebacker in the NFL in terms of average annual salary.
Meanwhile, his 2017 season has been abandoned after suffering two separate injuries – a knee injury and a ruptured chest muscle, which virtually put him out of action for the rest of the season. Although Hightower will not play in the Super Bowl on 4 February 2018 due to his injuries, he will be remembered as someone who sent the New England Patriots to the AFC Championship. Although he will miss the third Super Bowl appearance of his career, Hightower won the Super Bowl with New England in 2014 and 2016. He also won the BCS National Championship with Alabama in 2009 and 2011.
Dont’a Hightower is known for celebrating his victories with his mother L’Tanya and his sister Quenette. The linebacker and his younger sister were raised by their single mother. L’Tanya Hightower rarely had problems with her children, who she says was good, active children and easy to raise in difficult times. She was open to working in two jobs to keep her family together, so her children inherited a strong work ethic.
Hightower shared a sweet experience with his caring mother. In his opinion, she was always there for him. From him when he came home from school games, from full-body cramps and her when she came to massage his legs. She’s been there since day one, and she’s the reason he’s on top.
He made this revelation after his mother was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015.
Dont’ a Hightower’s Girlfriend, Wife
Hightower met his girlfriend Morgan Hart while she was studying at the University of Alabama. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts/Communication Science and Public Relations. An aspiring writer, Hart worked as a sports reporter for The Crimson White, as a marketing intern for UHAPS Media and as an editorial intern for Over the Mountain Journal. Although Dont’ a Hightower is still single, his relationship with his girl seems stable, and after such a long romance, the lovebirds may one day seal the deal at the altar.
Hightower’s body measurements meet the expectations, he is built with a height of 1.93 meters (6ft 4in) and a bodyweight of 122 kg. He is doing a really good job of trying to take care of his body.