The American professional soccer player Barkevious Mingo has become an icon for many young people because he is determined to realize his dreams against all odds. He has fought his way up to superstar status, earning himself a place in the National Football League. Mingo was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as the sixth overall team to be selected during the 2013 NFL draft. He currently plays the role of defensive outside linebacker for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He has also played for the New England Patriots, with whom he won the 2017 Super Bowl LI Championship.
Prior to his professional career, Mingo played college football for the LSU Tigers at Louisiana State University. During his time there, he was twice named to the All-SEC second team and also led the Tigers to victory in the 2011 SEC championship. Learn more about his biography, NFL career, family, and other interesting facts below.
Barkevious Mingo’s Bio
The soccer star was born on October 4, 1990, as Barkevious Levon Mingo in Belle Glade, Florida. He grew up in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended West Monroe High School. Mingo was a three-sport athlete, participating in basketball, soccer, and athletics events for his school team. He completed his high school soccer career under Coach Don Shows. He led the West Monroe High School football team to victory in the State Championship and also participated in the US Army All-American Bowl in 2009.
Mingo distinguished himself as a track and field athlete, winning the gold medal in the 400-meter sprint in the 2008 Region I-5A competitions. He was also part of the winning team for the 4 x 200 m and 4 x 400 m relay of the competition. At the end of his high school career, Mingo received a four-star rating from Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was named third best Louisiana player and fifth-best linebacker by Rivals.com.
After graduating, Barkevious Mingo enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he continued his college career with the LSU Tigers. From 2009 to 2012 he played under the direction of Coach Les Miles. He was retired in his first year of college and returned the following year to play 13 games for the Tigers with an average of 3.5 bags per game and 35 tackles.
In the 2011 season, he managed 8 sacks and 47 tackles, which earned him the election as the second team in the All-SEC. He also led the Tigers to victory in the SEC championship. In his junior year 2012, he received the honor of the second team in All-SEC after scoring 4.5 sacks per game, 12 quarterback rushes, and 38 tackles. At the end of the season, Mingo announced that he would be relinquishing his senior national team year to be included in the NFL draft in 2013.
NFL Career and Stats
During the 2013 NFL draft, Barkevious Mingo was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL draft. He was the sixth selection and the third defensive finalist to be drafted in 2013. In the 2013 season, Mingo played 15 games for the Browns, making five sacks and defending four passes with 42 combined tackles. The following year he made a total of two sacks and 42 tackles in 15 games. He was converted to a fullback and ended the 2015 season with three tackles.
Mingo, however, was sold by Browns to the New England Patriots in exchange for a selection for the fifth round in 2017. He joined the Patriots in August 2016 and led the Patriots to victory in the Super Bowl LI competition in February 2017. The Patriots triumphed over the Atlanta Falcons with 34 points to 28. At the end of the 2016 season, Mingo signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million with the Indianapolis Colts. It brought a total of two-pass shots, two sacks, and 47 combined tackles. At the end of the 2017 season, he signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks worth $6.8 million.
Barkevious was born of African-American parents Barbara Johnson and her husband Hugh Mingo. He has four siblings, two older brothers named Hughtavious and Hugh III; and two younger brothers named LaDarian Johnson and Malik Mingo. As they grew up, his mother never wanted any of his children to play a contact game for the fear of getting hurt. However, Barkevious did not pay attention to his mother’s decision, as he played soccer, basketball, and other athletic sports behind her back during his school days. Today, his decision many years ago has given him the opportunity to play among the superstars in the National Football League.
During a press conference held at the Cleveland Browns’ headquarters after the 2013 draft, Barkevious recalled that his mother never wanted him or any of his brothers to get involved in football, but at the moment she is proud of the star her son has become. According to his mother, her son is not the one who gets hurt, but the one who enjoys eating the quarterbacks. His mother and girlfriend were present at his draft party. He had a relationship with his college sweetheart Lauren. Just like Mingo, Lauren graduated from LSU in 2013.
His Height and Body Measurements
Barkevious Mingo is such a large and explosive pass striker; he stands at a height of 1.82 meters and has a bodyweight of 241 pounds. He is also very strong when it comes to setting the edge over a run; his overall agility and length give him good cover in the field. He also has an arm length of 33 ¾ inches and a hand size of 9 5/8 inches. Barkevious has black hair and brown eyes.