Jonathan Vilma is an American football player. Jonathan Vilma is a former linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. He is known for fighting the NFL over a suspension for his role in the 2012 New Orleans bounty scandal.
Birth Facts and Education
Jonathan Vilma was born on April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida, United States. He is 39 years old and is under the zodiac sign Aries. He is an American citizen and his full name is Jonathan Polynice Vilma.
His father’s name is Fritz Vilma and his mother’s name is Nelly Banatte. And both parents were born in Haiti. He also has one sibling and her name is Alice Vilma. Other than that, little to no information about his family members is currently available.
Regarding Jonathan’s educational background and qualifications, he attended GW Carver Middle School. He later attended Coral Gables High School, where he was a teammate of Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore.
Jonathan Vilma was able to receive an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami. At college, he was able to play for coaches Butch Davis and coach Larry Coker’s Miami Hurricanes football teams from 2000-2003. Likewise, in 2000 he was able to play in all 11 games as a reserve middle linebacker and put together 38 tackles (29 solos) and one pass deflection.
While at varsity, he was able to play every season from 2000-2003. He was also a finalist for the 2003 Butkus Award. He has also been to an Academic All-Big East Conference three times. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration.
career and working life
The Jets drafted Jonathan with the 12th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. In 2004, he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. And during his rookie campaign, he recorded 107 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for his first NFL touchdown. Also in 2005, he was able to lead the NFL in tackles with 169, forced four fumbles, had a fumble recovery, a half sack and an interception. He also compiled 114 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception during his game and matches in 2006.
He also signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Saints on February 27, 2009. He then went on to become one of the defensive captains, leading the team in tackles, having three interceptions and being selected for his second professional bowl. Then, again in 2010, he was able to lead the team in a duel. He even started every game and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
More about careers
Jonathan Vilma became a central figure in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. The NFL also suspended him for the entire 2012 season for his involvement in bounties. However, he denied the allegation and also appealed, and also had witnesses for him. Then, on September 7, the suspension was lifted and Vilma was reinstated for the 2012 season. He also underwent knee surgery in the 2013 preseason and was inactive for a few games.
Also, on February 12, 2014, his contract with the New Orleans Saints was not renewed. He was then able to become a guest analyst at Bleacher Report. He then officially retired from football and was honored by the Saints before their home game on December 6, 2015. He was also inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame on October 29, 2017.
Jonathan Vilma seems to be it single from now on and will focus more on his life career. However, he was in a relationship with Britny Bock but they broke up in the mid-2010s. Apart from that, no information about his other relationships has come out so far. He also has a daughter by Britny Bock named Samaara Vilma.
Jonathan Vilma has one Height of 6ft 1in and his weight is 104kg, but his other body measurements are not available to date. Also, Vilma has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Wealth
Jonathan Vilma is quite active on all of his social accounts. He has recruited 18.5k followers Instagram and 88,000 followers on Facebook. He also owns a Twitter account and has 663 followers on it.
Corresponding celebrity and fortune, Jonathan Vilma has one net worth of $11 million and his main source of income must be his soccer career.