Jay Ajayi is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). As the Philadelphia Eagles claimed their first-ever Super Bowl victory at Super Bowl LII, the Eagles’ star also added his name to the history books as the fifth British-born player to claim a Super Bowl victory. Other Britons to win a Super Bowl include Osi Umenyiora and Lawrence Tynes of the New York Giants, Marvin Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Scott McCready of the Patriots.
The very pacy running back played his part rushing 57 yards in the Eagles’ 41-33 upset over The Patriots in Minnesota. Proud of his English roots, Ajayi draped himself in the Union Jack to celebrate his team’s victory. He also belongs to the elite company of players in NFL history to record 3 games with 200+ rushing yards in the same season, after OJ Simpson (1973), Earl Campbell (1980) and Ticky Barber (2005). He also became the first player in NFL history to produce 400+ rushing yards with two different teams, 465 yards with the Dolphins and 408 yards with the Eagles.
Jay Ajayi’s Bio (Family, Age)
Jay Ajayi was born Oluwadamilola Jonathan Ajayi on June 15, 1993, in Homerton Hospital in east London, England. His father Ibi and mother Kemi Ajayi are both natives of Nigeria. His brother Semi Ajayi is a football player with third-tier English League One club Rotherham United.
His family moved to Maryland, USA when he was seven. They later settled in Texas where Jay attended Frisco Liberty High School, north of Dallas. Ajayi started playing American Football for his high school in Frisco and was ranked as the 41st best running back prospect in his class. He also played football at Boise State University and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 149th overall pick. As a junior in 2014, he became the first Boise State player to rush for 100+ yards in 10 games in a season. He is also the only player in Boise State history with three games of 200+ yards rushing.
Jay Ajayi was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles on October 31, 2017, just before the trade deadline in a deal with the Miami Dolphins. He is a lifelong fan of Arsenal F.C. of the English Premier League.
Jay Ajayi suffered a chronic knee soreness even before he joined the Eagles in October 2017. He had torn a right Anterior cruciate ligament in his redshirt season at Boise State University and by the time he left college, he was missing an extra practice per week due to the injury.
The injury equally affected Ajayi when it was time for the NFL Draft in 2015 causing him to slip from the first few rounds down to the fifth round. The surgically repaired knee raised concerns over if Ajayi would ever play in the NFL. However, just like the Dolphins, The Eagles have made sure to give Ajayi some rest and a light workload to keep him as fit as possible throughout the regular season.
Moreso, Ajayi twisted an ankle in the Eagles’ week 15 game against the Minnesota Vikings. This caused him to be listed as a limited participant in one of the Eagles’ practice sessions leading up to Super Bowl LII. However, the Eagles’ star returned to full practice in the week that preceded the team’s Super Bowl victory, clearing all doubts about his fitness for the all-important game.
Height and Weight
This terrific running back stands at a height of 6ft and weighs 223 lbs. As is expected of an athlete in his prime, Ajayi has a very fit body. His chest size is 43 inches, biceps are 16 inches in circumference while his waist size is 34 inches.
Is Jay Ajayi Dating? – Girlfriend
Jay Ajayi is definitely proud of his English roots, he makes that clear to anyone who cares to pay attention. He has also been described by his Eagles teammates as one who spreads happiness and so we are sure there is a soft cheerful side to him.
However, the British-born running back has managed to keep his romantic side off the media. There is no information about his dating life, anyone he has ever dated or who he may currently be dating. There are even no social media pictures suggestive of any romantic involvement and it appears that Jay Ajayi may possibly be single.
Jay Ajayi’s Net Worth
With 2 years remaining on his contract with the Dolphins, Jay Ajayi joined the Philadelphia Eagles just before the trade deadline in October 2017. The pacy running back now earns a base salary of $615,000.
With Football career earnings, a clothing line owned by the running back and a few endorsement deals bring Ajayi’s Net Worth to an estimate of $2 million.