Whitney Mercilus Biography

November 26, 2019
First published on:November 26, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Whitney Mercilus

Birth Name Whitney Mercilus
Birth Place Akron, Ohio
Famous Name Whitney Mercilus
Birth Date July 21, 1990
Father Wilner Mercilus
Mother Yvrose Mercilus
Net Worth $20 Million
Salary $5,750,000
Nationality American
Ethnicity MIxed
Profession NFL Player
Girlfriend Channing Grigsby

2011 Ted Hendricks Award-winning football outside linebacker, Whitney Mercilus is currently signed to the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). The hunk was picked by the Texans in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, following his college football career at the University of Illinois.

Akron, Ohio native, Whitney Mercilus was born on July 21, 1990, under the star sign Cancer. He holds an American nationality and is of Haitian descent. 

Net Worth

No. 59 – Houston Texans' Outside linebacker has an estimated net worth over $20 million as of 2019. His income is hugely influenced by his NFL career as well as some from sponsorships.

Currently, the 6 ft 4 in tall is currently under a 4 year, $26,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, that includes a $5,250,000 signing bonus, $10,681,012 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,500,000. In 2019, the NFL star reportedly earned a base salary of $5,750,000 and a roster bonus of $500,000, while carrying a cap hit of $7,300,000 and a dead cap value of $1,050,000.

Eight seasons in NFL has benefited hugely Whitney Mercilus in a monetary term.

Year Team Earnings (salary+signing bonus)
2012 Houston Texans $4,382,064
2013 Houston Texans $737,004
2014 Houston Texans $1,084,008
2015 Houston Texans $6,181,012
2016 Houston Texans $4,734,375
2017 Houston Texans $4,656,250
2018 Houston Texans $5,250,000
2019 Houston Texans $6,250,000

Overall he has made $22,642,024 as salary, $9,242,064 signing bonus, and a rooster bonus of $1,390,625 which is $33,274,713 in total. 

Further, he is sponsored by Hamilton Shirts, Penny Luck, and purely_elizabeth. 


He is the founder of the WithMerci Foundation which provides advocate services and support to families of children with disabilities and special needs.

Whitney Mercilus SOURCE: Instagram @merci380

To date, Mercilus and the WithMerci Foundation has donated over $325,000.

Dating Channing Grigsby

Whitney Mercilus is currently in a relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Channing Grigsby

His bae, Grigsby is Santa Monica, California who was born on June 29, 1988, as one of three children to Daniel and Karen Grigsby. Upon graduation from Brentwood High School in L.A., she enrolled at Rice University, where she played for the Rice Owls volleyball team. 

NFL Whitney Mercilus' Girlfriend Channing Grigsby SOURCE: Fabwags.com

His bae, Grigsby is Santa Monica, California who was born on June 29, 1988, as one of three children to Daniel and Karen Grigsby. Upon graduation from Brentwood High School in L.A., she enrolled at Rice University, where she played for the Rice Owls volleyball team. 

Later, she worked in sales and marketing for The Carrie Potter Group; after that, she joined Privileged Pets and Merrill Lynch subsequently.

However, it's been a long time that the duo has not made any public apperance or surfaced on each other's socials. 

Early Years

Mercilus was birthed to Haitian parents, Wilner and Yvrose Mercilus. He has two siblings, Glory and Donald. 

Mercilus enrolled at Garfield High School in Akron, where he played high school football for the Garfield High School Rams. Due to his impressive performance, he was considered a three-star defensive end prospect by the Rivals.com recruiting service.

Upon graduation, he attended the University of Illinois where he played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team coached by Ron Zook. His junior season turned out to be his breakthrough season in the college where he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media. That same season, he won CFPA Defensive Performer of the Year, Ted Hendricks Award, Bill Willis Award, and a unanimous first-team All-American.

On January 3, 2012, he declared to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

NFL Career

In the 2012 NFL Draft, Mercilus was selected by the Houston Texans in the first round (26th overall). In the Houston Texans’ season-opening, he made his professional regular-season debut in a 30–10 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The following season, he started in all 16 games in 2013 and recorded 47 combined tackles and seven sacks. On May 4, 2015, Mercilus signed a 4-year extension contract with the team. His famous teammate includes Joe Webb and AJ McCarron.

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