Playing as an offensive lineman requires a level of mental toughness and football intelligence, the kind you will find in the likes of David Bakhtiari. Without a doubt, he has proved his worth as an NFL star, winning trophies and some of the most coveted awards along the way.
It was in high school that David showed he’s cut out for a career in NFL. Those who doubted him began to give him the attention he deserved in college as he perfected his skills and eventually landed a contract to play in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. Beyond the accomplishments of his career, below are facts about his family and much more.
Highlights of David Bakhtiari’s High School Career
David attended Junípero Serra High School based in San Mateo, California, where he began to display his athletic skills. He was known for playing both football and lacrosse. His team’s game against Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory would be one of his best games as he allowed just two tackles with no sacks against future USC Trojan’s Kevin Greene.
David Bakhtiari became the captain in his second year with the team, pulling off a record as he led his team to win the 2008 WCAL Co-Championship. He was an outstanding player and it earned him notable recognitions. Among other things, David was named in honorable lists like All-Metro (Bay Area), All-West Catholic Athletic League, and All-San Mateo County.
After high school, he decided to play college football with the Colorado Buffaloes football team of the University of Colorado where he majored in communications.
Accomplishments As a College Footballer
With a fine height of about 6 feet and a weight that comes in around 266 pounds, David Bakhtiari began to play for the Colorado Buffaloes football team. He played for the Buffaloes from 2009 to 2012. Although he was redshirted in his first season with the team, his second saw him start 11 games and gradually he solidified his place in the team.
While in his sophomore season, he suffered a severe knee injury that made him miss two important games. Regardless, he scaled through 11 games and was named Freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com. He was also named a member of the All-Big 12 second-team for Academics.
By the end of the following season, he was named a member of the All-Pac-12 second team by Phil Steele and the league’s coaches. In his penultimate season, David started 11 games and when the season wrapped up, he was named to the preseason first-team All-Pac-12 squad. For the second year in a row, he got a mention in the second-team honors by the league coaches and that marked the end of his college career.
Details of David Bakhtiari’s Professional Career
In 2013, David opted to forgo his senior season at Colorado to join the year’s NFL Draft for his professional career. With that, he joined the Green Bay Packers as the 109th overall pick, he was selected in the fourth round.
As fate would have it, starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered an ACL injury that saw David emerge as a substitute for him, thanks to his impressive performance at training camp. David Bakhtiari went on to start every game for the team, becoming the first rookie to do so since the introduction of the 16-game schedule in 1978.
Coming into his second professional season, Bakhtiari did not relent in improving his skills. As a result of his positive contributions to the team, he was handed a four-year contract extension worth $48 million and a signing bonus of $15 million.
David was named to the NFL Second-team All-Pro in 2016, 2017, and 2019; the Second-team All-Pac-12 in 2011 and 2012; First-team All-Pro in 2018, and has played in the all-star game of the league (Pro Bowl) twice, in 2016 and 2019.
What We Know About His Earnings
There is no doubt that David Bakhtiari has done well for himself financially. While details of his earnings at the beginning of his professional career are not readily available, it’s not a secret he bagged a four-year contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.
The pact was made on the 13th of September 2016 and as stated earlier, it’s worth $48 million. The deal guaranteed $16.7 million and saw the athlete’s signing bonus climb to $15 million with an additional $500,000 each as roster and workout bonus.
David’s net worth is estimated at $18 million. Outside his professional career, the athlete also earns hugely from adverts and brand endorsements.
Meet The Family of The NFL Star
David Bakhtiari is of Iranian and Icelandic descent. He was born in San Mateo, California on September 30, 1991. His father Karl Bakhtiari runs a real estate business in California and his mother is known as Debbie. David has an older brother named Eric Bakhtiari; he played college football with the University of San Diego and professionally with the Tennessee Titans.
David Bakhtiari was born into a family of diehard San Francisco 49ers’ supporters and he grew up as a fan of the club. His brother Eric played for the team as a linebacker. The names of his other siblings are Andrew Bakhtiari and Danielle Bakhtiari (sister) who are both doing well in their respective careers.
Is David Bakhtiari Married?
He is yet to get married and was once in a relationship with a volleyball player called Kerra Schroeder. She played volleyball at the University of Colorado Boulder; a severe injury almost made it impossible for her to pursue a career as a professional player. Nevertheless, Kerra triumphed and plays for the French team VCMB France.
David and Kerra broke up in 2017 for reasons that are best known to them. Not too long thereafter, the NFL player began dating Frankie Shebby. Like Kerra, Frankie was a volleyball player. She left the game after sustaining an injury.
An American born on the 8th of February 1996 in Bellevue, Washington; her real name is Frances Shebby and she met David at the University of Colorado where she also studied.
Although they are yet to make any official announcement about their future together, the two appear to be having a good time together; going on vacations and sharing beautiful pictures of their fun activities on social media platforms.