Kony Ealy is one of the top defensive end players of the National Football League (NFL), he garnered much fame through his outstanding performance during the Super Bowl 50. Since then he has remained in the spotlight, thanks to his top-notch defensive skills. Ealy is currently playing the role of a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers as the 60th overall selection in the NFL draft of 2014.
Interestingly, the superstar has been linked to other top NFL teams including New England Patriots and New York Jets. He completed his college career at the University of Missouri. Asides from football, it might interest you to know that the outstanding playmaker is also a father. When he is not on the field of play, he is always with his child, performing his fatherly duties. Learn more about his biography, career, family and other interesting facts below.
Kony Ealy’s Biography
Kony Ealy came into this world on December 21, 1991; he was born in Morganton, North Carolina. He holds an American nationality and is of Afro-American ethnicity. Growing up in Missouri, Kony attended New Madrid County Central Secondary School. While he was there, he was popular for his athletic abilities; he participated in football, basketball, as well as track and field events.
During his junior year, he played the role of a defensive end for his school football team and at the end of the season, Ealy amassed a total of 89 sacks while catching 22 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns. In his senior year, he had 104 tackles as well as 7 pass breakups, 4 blocked kicks, 5 forced fumbles and 12.5 sacks. He was named to the All-District First-team as well as All-State, All-Conference and All-region First-teams. In addition, he was ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and rated 11th best weakside defensive end prospect of his class.
Upon graduation, Ealy enrolled at the University of Missouri where he began his collegiate career. He was redshirted in his freshman year in 2010. Coming back the following year, Ealy made his debut for Missouri in their match against the North Carolina Tar Heels football team; notching 2 tackles and half-tackles for loss. He made 12 appearances for the Tigers, having 13 tackles and one sack. Following his impressive record, Kony Ealy was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2011.
In 2012, he was named to the first team All-SEC after putting up a brilliant performance. He finished the season with a record of 37 tackles, 7 pass breaks, and 3.5 sacks. The following year, he recorded 43 tackles as well as 9.5 sacks, and three fumbles. After his junior season, Ealy decided to forgo his last year in college so he could join the NFL draft of 2014.
Professional Career and Stats
Kony Ealy was projected to be a third-round pick by the NFL Advisory Board because he was an underclassman. However, his outstanding record placed him as one of the top 10 first rounders for the draft. During the 2014 draft, Ealy was selected by the Carolina Panthers who named him an immediate starter for the team. He penned down a four-year contract worth $3.55 million with the Panthers in May 2014. Making his professional debut for the Panthers in their game against the Detroit Lions, he finished his rookie season having a total of 4 sacks, one fumble, and 12 tackles. He was also named to the Sports Illustrated All-Rookie Team of 2014.
In his sophomore season in 2015, Ealy was named a full-time starter for the Panthers alongside Johnson Charles. He recorded 10 quarterback pressures in six games and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl 50 championship. However, they lost to the Denver Broncos with a score of 24 – 10. After the game, Kony Ealy became the first player in Super Bowl history to record multiple sacks as well as an interception in Super Bowl competitions. Additionally, he became the first player since 1993 to record multiple sacks, a forced fumble, and interceptions in a postseason game.
During the 2016 season, Ealy featured in 16 games and had a record of 32 tackles, one interception, and five sacks. The following season, he was traded to the New England Patriots alongside a third-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL draft in exchange for a second-round draft pick. In August 2017, Ealy was released by the Patriots and was claimed by the New York Jets. He further signed up with the Dallas Cowboys in April 2018.
Family – Parents, Sister, Wife, and Kids
Kony Ealy came from a loving and caring family; he was born to Willie Ealy and his wife Nettie Jones in Morganton, North Carolina. Kony wasn’t the only child of his parents, he has three other siblings’ two sisters named Sierra Jones and LaToya Brown as well as a brother named Danny Jones. Ealy’s family suffered a great loss in September 2017 when his sister LaToya Brown kicked the bucket. The cause of her death has not been revealed until now. His other older sister Sierra has been suffering from a lifelong chromosome disorder.
Like we aforementioned, Ealy is also a proud father. Alongside his long-term partner named Asia, Ealy welcomed his first bundle of joy a daughter who they named Royal Ealy in November 2015. There is no much information about Ealy’s partner and their relationship. He prefers to keep his personal life away from the media thus striking a balance between his personal and professional life. Since he keeps his personal life under the curtains, it will be hard to ascertain if they are married or not. Kony and Asia are currently enjoying a blissful relationship with their daughter.
Kony Ealy’s Height and Weight
Ealy is very tall standing at a height of 6 feet 4 inches and he has a big projectable frame while playing on his feet. He runs the arc, dips his shoulder, bends the corner and gets home, thanks to his wonderful body measurements. The star also has a bodyweight of 273 pounds which might be considered as an overweight for a player of his caliber. He has a hand size of 9.5 inches as well as arm length of 34 ¼ inches. His eyes are brown while his hair is black in color.