Only a few players in the National Football League today could match the Mike Wallace’s speed in his hay day as he is regarded among the elite league’s wide receivers who was most effective as a deep threat. The 2011 Pro Bowl attendee currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles having previously been on the rosters of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.
Early Life and Education
On the 1st of August 1986, Mike Wallace was welcomed into the world by his parents; Burnell and Sonjia Wallace in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was also raised. Like every other young child in the area who had to choose between music and sports as a way out of poverty, Wallace took up playing football from a young age and excelled at it.
He attended O. Perry Walker High School where he was part of the track & field and football teams, notably playing alongside future NFL cornerback, Keenan Lewis. As a junior, Wallace showed his versatility and ability to play both offense and defense, although he mostly featured on the defensive position, managing four receptions that year. In his senior year, however, Wallace was used more on the offensive position and he showed why colleges should be scrabbling to have him in their programs as he caught 60 passes for 1,039 yards with 19 touchdowns. He set the school records for total points and kick return touchdowns and further earned first team All-State honors as well as league and district MVP honors.
After his high school football career, Mike Wallace committed to attend Oregon State in order to play with his friend, Lewis. The player, however, later backtracked on his commitment and joined the University of Mississippi who had brought in his high school coach to its set up.
Mike Wallace’s start to life in college football was as expected as he played in 10 games as a true freshman. The following year in 2006, he started all 12 games for his school and recorded two touchdown receptions. In 2007, Wallace again featured in all 12 games and recorded 38 receptions for 716 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns which earned him a spot on the third-team All-Southeastern Conference. In his senior year, Wallace showed more improvement as he caught 39 passes for 784 yards with 7 touchdowns.
After graduating from college and attending the 2009 NFL Combine where he performed highly in the 40-yard dash, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round with the 84th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He went ahead to put pen to paper on a three-year contract worth $1.74 million which included a $555,000 signing bonus.
His rookie season was one to remember as Wallace got awarded the Joe Greene Great Performance Award which is given to the best rookie on the Steelers roster. The wide receiver had caught a game-winning pass with seconds left on the clock while falling out of bounds to secure his team a victory over fierce rivals, the Green Bay Packers. He further led the whole league in average yards per reception.
It was business as usual in his second season as Wallace, who was made his team’s No. 2 wide receiver, established himself as an elite wide receiver with 60 receptions for 1,257 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. He went on to make his first Super Bowl appearance that year which his team lost to the Packers. Mike Wallace spent two more years with the Steelers before joining the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. He spent two years in South Beach before he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. After one season, the Vikings released the wide receiver, paving the way for him to join the Baltimore Ravens on March 2016. At the expiration of his two-year contract with the Ravens, Wallace joined the Philadelphia Eagles.
Does Mike Wallace Have a Girlfriend or Wife?
Mike Wallace is not married but has however been in a longterm relationship with Vanessa Cole who is best known for being a cast member of WAGS Miami. In addition to her on-screen job, Ms. Cole also does some modeling and is noted to be a quite savvy businesswoman who mainly deals in real estate. She reportedly worked as an agent for Momentum Financial Group in 2010 before establishing her very own Cole-Klein Builders.
Wallace reportedly met Cole, who was born on the 26th of June, 1989, in New York, when she was 19 years of age. The two have been together since that time and have even become proud parents of two adorable daughters; Maliha and Brooklyn Wallace.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Mike Wallace is 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall and a weight of 200 pounds (91 kg). He further has an arm span of 313/8 inches and a hand span of 9 inches.