Arik Armstead is a popular defensive end for National Football League’s (NFL) San Francisco 49ers. The skillful player started out with the Oregon Ducks where he debuted in 2012. Before his debut, the defensive end did well to prove himself in high school when he played for Pleasant Grove. After a careful analysis of his moves, he was selected as the 17th overall by the 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft. Here is an account of his background and lesser-known facts about the talented player.
Arik Armstead’s Bio (Age)
He was born on November 15, 1993, in Sacramento, California. Arik whose inclination to sport started at a very young age attended Pleasant Grove High School in California and was a member of the school’s football team. He also played basketball at the time. After an analysis of his playing skills, he was tagged a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was equally the sixth-best defensive end. After his high school, he played college football for the University of Oregon’s Oregon Ducks. The 2012 season saw Armstead record 26 tackles and a half-sack. Arik had tilted his focus to basketball as he joined the Ducks basketball team to play. He played in some games with his school’s B-ball teammates before he went back to football in 2014.
Almost as predicted, Arik Armstead was selected as the fourth defensive end and the 17th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. At the time, he had not concluded his studies at the University of Oregon, this restrained Armstead from attending training camp, per NFL’s policy which restricts rookies from joining till their school year is completed. After much deliberations, 49ers’ head coach Jim Tomsula made Arik the fifth defensive end, following Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey, Tank Carradine, and Tony Jerod-Eddie.
His 2015 debut was during the team’s opening victory against Minnesota Vikings in September that year. Armstead made his first career start in January 2013 in a 19-16 victory over St. Louis Rams. By the end of his rookie season, the defensive end had recorded 19 combined tackles with 14 solo, one start, and two sacks in all 16 games.
In the 2016 season, Armstead was named the starting defensive end for Week 1 by 49ers’ new head coach Chip Kelly. He sustained an injury in November 2016 and was placed on the injured reserve list. He later had a surgery to repair the shoulder injury and soon began playing as he recovered fully. Armstead also picked up another injury in the 2017 season and was placed on reserve yet again. The player spent his 2018 season with the 49ers as they have also picked up the fifth-year option in his contract to keep him for some time more.
Arik Armstead’s Net Worth
Arik Armstead has made over $8 million over the course of his career. He signed a four-year contract worth over $9 million with the 49ers. Although he was affected by huge tax cuts, Armstead hopes to earn more in his next season. His earnings which have been estimated at $8 million is said to be the 508th among active NFL players. His exact net worth is not yet known at this time.
Family – Parents, Brother
Arik was born to Guss Armstead, his father, and Christa Armstead, his mother who supported his decision to major in football. He has an older brother Armond Armstead who is also a footballer.
Armond was a renowned college football player at USC and also played in the Canadian Football League. He played as a defensive lineman for the Trojans where he was made a starter in his second year. However, the older Armstead suffered two heart attacks which saw the end of his NFL career. He no longer plays football due to his fragile health.
Growing up, Arik looked up to his older brother who gave him so much support and inspiration. He would tag along during Armond’s recruiting trips hoping to be like him. But Armond’s injury has deprived him of taking further steps on his aspirations. He now spends some time preparing his younger brother for the challenging future.
Personal Life – Wife, Girlfriend
Like many of his counterparts, Armstead has two arms he runs to after his tough moments at the games. The defensive end is in a relationship with Mindy Harwood. Mindy is a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Buffalo medical school. Many have mistaken Dr. Mindy to be the wife of the NFL player, but Armstead is not yet married.
His Body Stats – Height, Weight
Arik Armstead is also known for his tall height and matching physique which gives him an appealing look. He stands at a height of 2.03 meters (6ft, 7in), which is quite proportional to his weight of 127 kg(279 pounds). His arm length measures 33 in (0.84 m) while his hand size is 10 1⁄2 in (0.27 m).