Sheldon Richardson is a National Football League (NFL) player whose path to the top of the league is paved with doubts about his ability amid a pool of other young talent and concerns about his all-around fit in his first professional team. Despite these teething troubles, Sheldon shone with surprises as he won his way into the hearts of many football-loving Americans and even the rest of the world. His versatility in the game has always made him stand out, and he owes much of his professional success to it.
Find out more about what makes this player special and extraordinary on the pitch. Perhaps his body statute, which is unknown to many people, should contribute to this. In the following paragraphs, you can learn more about who Sheldon Richardson is.
Who is Sheldon Richardson and What is His Age?
Sheldon (Sheldon Alan Richardson) has the same birthday as all celebrities and noncelebrities born on November 29th. His birth year was 1990, and it was in St. Louis, Missouri, when he was accepted into this world under the care and nurturing of Michael and Zelda (nee Robinson) Richardson.
Alan grew up into his teens and enrolled at Gateway Institute of Technology High School in St. Louis, where he began to practice and play soccer – the sport most loved by Americans. He trained and played with the Gateway Jaguars High School football team as a defender and also tried his hand at other sports such as basketball, baseball, and athletics.
After his impressive performance in his last high school season, Sheldon Richardson received much praise as he was ranked by Rivals.com as number 1 defensive tackle and number 4 overall. He was also named the All-American of high school by USA Today.
Sheldon Richardson, who has such remarkable footballing skills, should develop his game even further. In fulfilling this dream, the Missouri boy first went to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where he spent two years before transferring to the University of Missouri, where he learned a great deal in college football for the Missouri Tigers from 2011 to 2012 under coach Gary Pinkel.
The young footballer with a lot of steam in him decided to give up his last year of college and join the NFL Draft 2013. He was voted by the New York Jets in the first round and ranked 13th overall in the draft. Sheldon was the first defensive tackle chosen by a team in the draft, and as such, many eyes were on him. His contract was for four years and was worth $10.05 million with a full guarantee and $5.69 million as a signing bonus.
Sheldon Richardson saw his first NFL action in November 2013 as the beginning of the defense. In his first month, he won the NFL Rookie of the Month. In the next few games, he was moved to a fullback position and became the first NFL defensive player to score a rushed touchdown since 2011.
In the 2014 season, his good form and impressive playing style earned him a place in the Pro Bowl, and it was the first of his career. When his first contract expired in 2016, Sheldon Richardson was given a five-year option worth $8.06 million, which was fully guaranteed. As a result, Sheldon Richardson agreed to play another season for the New York Jets.
However, his time with the Jets was not free of punishable offenses, as he was banned from the games separately and fined for one or the other misconduct.
In September 2017, Sheldon Richardson was transferred to the Seattle Seahawks, who immediately switched him to a defensive tackle position instead of the defensive end position he occupied for the Jets. In the only season he played for the Seahawks, he recorded 44 combined tackles (27 solo), one sack and one pass, which he defended in addition to an interception and a forced fumble – all in 15 games with 15 starts he played for the Seahawks.
On March 16, 2018, he transferred to the Minnesota Vikings, where he will continue his business for the next year until his contract expires.
Height, Weight, Body Stats
Sheldon Richardson, like most NFL players of his caliber, stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 meters) above the ground. At this height, he is not a light pushover weighing 134 kg or 295 lbs. He has an arm length of 34 1/2 in (0.88 m), while his hands measure 10 1/2 in (0.27 m).