Who is Leighton Vander Esch? His Height, Weight, Body Stats, Bio

After the 2018 NFL Draft, American football linebacker Leighton Vander Esch joined the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Before turning pro, he had a stellar college career with the Boise State Broncos football team, which culminated in Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year award in his junior season. But that was just the beginning of his many exploits.

The bio, ethnicity and age of Leighton Vander Esch

Leighton Vander Esch was born on February 9, 1997, in Riggins, Idaho, to parents of German descent; Sandy and Darwin Vander Esch. He attended high school at Salmon River High in Riggins, Idaho, where he had some prominence in three sports: football, basketball, and track.

Being something of a star, VanderEsch helped his high school basketball team win back-to-back 1A D2 state championship titles as a junior and senior. He also helped the school’s soccer team win two eight-man state championship titles and a 1A D2 championship title. A quarterback and playing a hybrid role on safety and the line, the young talent recorded 121 of 199 attempts for 2,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and one interception in his senior year. He also had 157 carries for 1,565 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns, 131 tackles (85 solo), 5 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 defensive touchdowns.

Leighton Vander Esch’s impressive performance caught the attention of Boise State University football coaches. Along with his on-court successes, he was also the hot favorite for his class of 2011. However, despite his impressive high school football stats, the youngster did not receive any football scholarships. He entered Boise State University as a preferred option, and after redshirting his freshman season, he earned a scholarship in his sophomore year at college.

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Playing at the linebacker position for the BoiseLeighton Vander Esch, the Broncos state football team, appeared in 12 games during his first red-game season in which he posted 20 tackles (14 solo ), a sack, a breakaway recovery and a first failure on a fake ball. Due to a neck injury, Vander Esch only played 6 games in his second season in which he recorded 27 tackles (23 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.

Vander Esch, linebacker He went in all 14 games in his junior season, which is considered his best season. He finished the season with 141 tackles, 14.5 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles, the best on the team. His outstanding performances earned him the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year award as well as All-Mountain West First Team selection. He was also named Most Valuable Player in the 2017 Mountain West Conference Championship Game in which the Broncos defeated the Fresno Bulldogs. He also put on an equally excellent performance at the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl, where the Broncos triumphed over the Oregon Ducks.



On December 19, 2018, Leighton Vander Escha announced his decision to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, forfeiting his final year of college football eligibility. As expected, the talented linebacker was selected in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys as the 19th pick in the draft.

Family – Parents

Leighton Vander Esch was brought up alongside 4 older siblings; a brother named Jason and sisters Shannon, Christon and Morgan. His father, Darwin Vander Esch, runs a large professional hunting business. In 1995 he founded Heaven’s Gate Outfitters in Idaho and within a few years sold the company. He currently operates JD’s Kniktuk Outfitter in Dillingham, Alaska.

Leighton Vander Esch must have inherited athletic genes from his mother who was a famous basketball player in her prime. His brother Jason also played football in high school. All of his sisters were also high school basketball stars and also played in college. Thanks to his family of sports enthusiasts, Vander Esch enjoyed a strong support system during the early stages of his football career. In September 2016, his father, Darwin, purchased a Disney Land bus to transport up to 30 family members and close friends to all the games on their amazing boy’s route.

Height and other body statistics

Leighton Vander Esch stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm). With a bodyweight of 116 (256lbs), the talented linebacker undoubtedly has a gigantic physique. However, Vander Esch stands out for his smooth, long-striding movements which make him very sporty for a player of his size.

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