By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS
This week we go Off the Cuff with Houston Texans outside linebacker, Whitney Mercilus. Whitney reveals how the COVID-19 environment has impacted him as a professional football player in the NFL, and in his personal life.
In this interview, Whitney discusses the following issues:
Whitney Mercilus is an NFL Pro Football Player with the Houston Texans. He was drafted by that club in 2012 as a first-round pick, being considered one of the best defensive end draft picks of that year.
The Texans signed Whitney to a four-year contract. He competed for the position of starting outside linebacker during training camp but was named as backup outside linebacker for the regular season. His NFL debut was the season-opening 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins. His first career start occurred on December 2, 2012, The game was lost to the Tennessee Titans but Mercilus made his mark with two solo tackles and a season-high two sacks.
For the 2013 season, Mercilus won the position of starting outside linebacker. He completed the season with 47 combined tackles and seven sacks in 16 starts. He suffered a back injury during the 2014 season but only missed a single game. His stats were still impressive, with 50 combined tackles and 5 sacks from 13 games.
In 2015, Mercilus was signed by the Texans to a four-year contract extension that was worth $26 million. In 2016, he was awarded second-team All-Pro 2016. Mercilus missed the majority of the 2017 season due to injury. He made his return in Week One of the 2018 season. He finished that season with 39 tackles, four sacks, and four forced fumbles, playing in all 16 regular-season games.
In December 2019, Mercilus was signed to a four contract extension.
Whitney Mercilus is a Haitian descent and was born in Akron, Ohio. He is 29 years of age and stands at 6’4”.