Minkah Fitzpatrick Bio, Age
Minkah Fitzpatrick was born on November 17, 1996, in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey. His family moved to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey when he was 5 years old. However, he attended St. Peter’s Preparatory School, an all-Catholic school located in Jersey City, about 22 miles from his home.
By the end of his high school career, Fitzpatrick was the spokesperson for many college recruiters. However, he committed to the University of Alabama in April 2014. This young talent finally made his commitment to Alabama on St. Peter’s Prep National Signing Day in 2015. For his college graduation , Fitzpatrick specialized in the science of human performance exercises.
Minkah played a total of 10 out of 14 games in his freshman season (2015) in which he totaled 45 tackles, including three for a loss, 2 quarterback sacks, 2 interceptions, 13 deflected passes and a quarterback rush. His outstanding performances earned him Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman team designations. He also played a crucial role in the team’s victory in the College Football Playoffs.
In his sophomore season, Fitzpatrick started all 15 games in which he recorded 66 tackles (41 solo), 1 sack, 6 interceptions, 13 deflected passes and 1 forced fumble. The all-around safety also set a new Alabama Crimson Tide record. The longest interception came for a rushing touchdown when he returned a 100-yard interception in a 49–30 loss to the Arkansas Razorback. At the end of the season, Fitzpatrick was named All-American All-First and All-First All-SEC. He was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award.
In his junior season (2017), Fitzpatrick started 13 games in which he compiled 60 tackles (38 solo), 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 9 deflected passes, and 1 forced fumble; 1 kickoff return for 39 yards; 1 blocked goal. He was voted team captain and led his team to another College Football Playoff National Championship title. He received the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Jim Thorpe Award, becoming the 3rd player in NCAA history to win both awards. Fitzpatrick was voted unanimously as a first-team All-American and equally as a first-team All-SEC All-Star.
In January 2018, Minkah Fitzpatrick announced her decision to forgo her final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. He was selected in the first round by the Miami Dolphins 11th overall.
Family – Parents
Minkah Fitzpatrick was born to Melissa and Minka Fitzpatrick Sr. He was raised alongside 4 siblings; an older sister named Destiny, younger sisters Promise and Devine, and a younger brother Justice.
Unlike the superstar life that young Minkah Fitzpatrick Jr. had a hard time growing up. In 2011, a few days after entering high school, his family suffered from the tragic Hurricane Irene, which totally destroyed their home. Without flood insurance, they had to rebuild from scratch. As a result, Minkah Fitzpatrick’s family of 7 was forced to move into her maternal grandparents’ basement, also in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Fitzpatrick was also sent out of school a couple of times due to unpaid tuition. Although her college education covered almost 80% of her tuition, the family still could not afford to pay the rest. His parents and older sister all worked multiple jobs between them to keep him in the elite school he attended, but the family barely survived. At one point, young Minkah considered quitting his football career to start working with his dad, but his parents didn’t hear about it. Thanks to his generous high school coach, Rich Hansen, who drove him to school an hour a day, Minkah Fitzpatrick Jr. kept pushing.
Height and other body statistics
Minkah Fitzpatrick stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 1 inches and maintains a slim physique with a body weight of 96 kg (212 lbs). Players this size aren’t known for their mobility, but Fitzpatrick is an exception, as he’s known for his speed. His perfect combination of versatility, agility, and top-notch speed makes him the ultimate all-around player. Minkah Fitzpatrick also stands out for being very passionate about the game as well as his footballing/technical intelligence. For this innate ability to analyze plays intelligently, his college coach, Nick Saban, regularly sought his advice.