Matt Kalil is an NFL player who currently plays the offensive tackle position for the Carolina Panthers. Like many other players, Kali went through the ranks of high school and college football before becoming a pro in the NFL.
After his college career, which ended with him being called to several All-American teams and winning the Morris Trophy as the 12th Trojan offensive liner, Kalil was selected by the Minnesota Vikings for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Matt Kalil – Bio
Matt Kalil was born on July 6, 1989, as Matthew Francis Kalil in Corona, California, the son of Frank and Cheryl Kalil. Matt actually comes from a family of soccer players, so it is not unusual that he grew up with a love of soccer.
He started playing soccer during his high school years at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. In 2005, he made the first team of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore as a student. In 2006, he also made the first team in the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass, the first team in the Cal-Hi Sports All-State, the L.A. Times All-Star, the All-Trinity League as Co-Liner of the Year, and the first team in the All-CIF Pac-5 Division.
During his senior season, Rivals.com projected him as a 5-star recruit and he was also listed as number three offensive tackle in his set. In 2008, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was a member of the Western Squad, which included another offensive lineman, Tyron Smith. In addition to soccer, Matt also participated in high school athletics events.
Matt Kalil began his studies at the University of Southern California (USC). After his first year, he started his second season replacing Tyron Smith on the right tackle and was later to replace Charles Brown on the left tackle.
He also played in matches against very tough teams on the defensive line and blocked a point after the touchdown against Notre Dame. In his junior season, he maintained his position as a left starting tackle, and his outstanding performances led to him being called up to several All-American teams and winning the Morris Trophy as the twelfth Trojan offensive line player. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2011 Lombardi Prize.
After his senior season, he was considered the best offensive tackle candidate for the 2012 draft, and after an amazing performance in the NFL Combine, Matt was voted number three by the Minnesota Vikings. He became the first offensive lineman the team selected in the first round after Bryant McKinnie in 2002.
Matt Kalil was also voted USC’s fifth offensive lineman to be among the top five in an NFL draft. The other four are Ron Yary, Marvin Powell, Anthony Muñoz, and Tony Boselli. He signed a four-year contract with the franchise that kept him on the team until the end of the 2016 season.
During his years with the Viking, he was selected for the Pro Bowl after Trent Williams was injured in a fight at a nightclub and the Redskins attacked offensively. Kalil spent the later part of his 2016 season on the bench after a hip injury.
In March 2017 he signed a 5-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, the same team that his older brother Ryan Kalil plays for. The Carolina Panthers are the third set of brothers to play on the same offensive line in NFL history and the first set of brothers to do so in 24 years. In his first season with the Panthers, he started all sixteen games in the left tackle.
Mom, Parents, Siblings
Matt’s father, Frank Kalil, played college football as a center for both Arizona and Arkansas before he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1982. He later played for the Arizona Wranglers of USFL in 1983 and the Houston Gamblers in 1984. Kalil’s older brother Ryan also plays for the Carolina Panthers as a center and he was also All-American in Southern California. Matt also has a sister, Danielle, who sang the national anthem at the Vikings-Panthers game in October 2013, which was attended by two of her brothers.
Kalil’s mother is Cheryl Kalil and there is not so much information about her online. However, the incredibly attractive mother of three made the news in 2012 after appearing alongside her son in the NFL draft, looking young and sexy. Her looks got the whole Internet talking.
Matt Kalil’s Wife
Kalil is happily married to former beauty queen and model Haley O’Brien. The couple was married in July 2015 in a secret ceremony on a private beach in Kauai, and a year later, a formal ceremony was held to announce their one-year union to friends and family.
Haley O’Brien was named Miss Minnesota Teen USA in 2010, Miss Collegiate America in 2012, Miss Minnesota USA Beauty Pageant in 2014, and a semi-finalist in the Miss USA Beauty Pageant 2014.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
When you see Kalil for the first time, the first thing you probably notice is its intimidating size. He stands at the height of 6″7 in (2.01 m), with a well-built body that weighs 143 kg, which is 315 lbs. His arm length is 34½ inches and his hand size is 103/8 inches.