Joey Bosa comes from a family with a rich football history. Both his father and his uncle were acknowledged football stars. As a child, Joey began playing football with his younger brother Nick Bosa, and both played to college level in the state of Ohio. In his career to date, Joey Bosa has proven that he is worthy to be selected as third overall in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, and in 2017 he was named to the Pro Bowl.
Joey Bosa Bio
Joseph Anthony Bosa was born on July 11, 1995, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He was born the son of his parents John and Cheryl Bosa. His father John played college football for Boston College as a defensive tackle before being voted 16th in the first round by the Miami Dolphins in the 1987 NFL draft.
With a former NFL star as his father, Joey was equipped with everything he needed for an outstanding high school football career. He was named a 4-star recruit by rivals.com. Many colleges came and challenged his talent, and Bosa chose Ohio State University, his mother’s alma mater and the place where his uncle Eric Kumerow shone like a star linebacker from 1984 to 1987.
Bosa started in 2013 as a rookie for his university team. Sporting News and College Football News later named him to the All-American rookie team. He received a number of other national and conference honors, including First First Team Freshman All-American and Freshman All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Lineman of the Year, and more. After his junior year, Bosa gave up his final year of college qualification to participate in the 2016 NFL draft, where he was selected in the first round, the third overall selection of the San Diego Chargers (now Los Angeles Charges after their 2017 move).
A hamstring injury in his rookie season meant Bosa had limited playing time, but for the times he played, Bosa did well to make it pay. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Month in October 2016 and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the season. In his second season, he continued to improve his game and was appointed to his first Pro Bowl by the end of the season.
About His Brother
Joey Bosa has a younger brother named Nick Bosa, who is also a footballer. Nick was born on 23 October 1997. Like his brother Joey, Nick has loved football since childhood, and both play in the defensive end position. He played for St. Thomas Aquinas, where he played for several years in the first team of the All-State team. Rival.com rated him a 5-star recruit.
Like Joey, he decided to play for Ohio State University. He started as a freshman in 2016 and was named a Freshman All-American by ESPN. His other career highlights include Big Ten Champion, Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, and the first All-Big-Ten Team in 2017. Joey Bosa has called his brother the best NFL prospect in the Bosa family. His major is communication.
Bosa’s Career Stats
According to his profile on the official website of the National Football League, Joey Bosa’s career statistics at the end of the 2017 season are as follows
Total tackles: 111
Forced fumbles: 5
Fumble recoveries: 1
His Salary and Net Worth
Joey Bosa was signed last in his class after his call-up due to contractual disputes with the Chargers. The disputes were finally settled in August 2016 when the Chargers announced in a press release that Bosa had signed a contract that earned him an initial signing bonus of over $17 million, the highest ever received by a rookie in the last two previous NFL drafts.
Bosa signed a four-year contract worth over $25.8 million, with all the money guaranteed and an average annual salary of around $6.5 million. His base salary in 2018 was calculated at $630,000. The contract also includes an option for 5 years. His net worth was estimated at between 2 and 10 million dollars.
- Joey Bosa stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches.
- He weighs 280 pounds.
- Joey’s maternal great-grandfather, Tony Bosa (April 28, 1906 – May 22, 1992), was a notorious American mafioso who dominated Chicago society in the 1940s.
- Bosa boasts over 320,000 followers on Instagram.