Willie Snead IV is one of the ever-expanding lists of footballers who were overlooked in their call-up year and eventually proved their worth when they were picked up as unconscripted free players. Throughout his entire amateur and professional football career, Snead has proved himself to be a utility footballer who has made a name for himself as a quarterback and linebacker, but above all as a wide receiver.
The footballer was picked up by the Cleveland Browns after the NFL Draft 2014. In 2018 he played for four NFL franchises, most recently for the Baltimore Ravens.
Who is Willie Snead? Bio
Willie Lee Snead IV was born on October 17, 1992, in the Florida Winter Park. His earliest inspiration in football is his father, Willie Snead III, who was also a wide receiver during his time as a player with the New York Jets.
Since his family had to move when his father got a job as head coach at a high school in Michigan, Willie played high school football at three different schools. He completed his first year of studies at Glade Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. His junior and senior years came to Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, where his father was also his coach. Snead’s second year was at Holland Christian High School in Holland Michigan, Michigan, where his father was also his coach. He spent his junior and senior years at Muskegon Heights High School. Willie was honored by the Associated Press as Michigan Division 5-6 Player of the Year.
While at Ball State University, Willie recorded a record 327 receiving yards and 2 touchdown catches in his first year of study in 2011. With a significantly extended playing time, the wide receiver recorded touchdowns, 89 receptions, and 1,148 receiver yards. In his junior year, he finished the season with a school-record of 100 or more receiver yards in nine of his games. He also ended the campaign with 15 touchdowns.
Snead decided to continue his career from his senior year by joining the 2014 NFL Draft. The annual exercise proved to be a disaster for the wide receiver, as it was not selected by any team. After the draft, he was picked up by the Cleveland Browns and showed impressive performances in their training camp and pre-season games. However, he was released shortly after he had survived the last round of cuts.
Willie Snead then had an unsuccessful tryout with the New York Giants and a short stint in the training squad of the Carolina Panthers. He rounded off 2014 with the New Orleans Saints without having registered a regular-season appearance.
His chance finally came in the 2015 season and he seized it with both hands. Snead ended the campaign with a record 69 catches, 984 years of reception, and a trio of touchdowns. This made him the NFL record holder for the highest receptions and touchdowns by an un-exchanged rookie.
Sneads 2016 built on the success of the previous campaign, recording the best record of his career with 172 yards in a game against the Oakland Raiders that ended in defeat. He also threw the longest touchdown pass in the NFL through a wide receiver since Mohamed Sanu in 2012.
Willie Snead’s Girlfriend, Children
The versatile footballer has a long-term relationship with his bae Chanelle Nicole Arnold. The two have been together since their time together at Ball State University. The Florida-born bomb and her NFL partner are blessed with two children. Their first, daughter named Nilah was born in Indianapolis on August 8, 2014. The name of her second child is not known.
Why Was He Suspended?
2017 was not a very good season for Willie Snead. First of all, he found himself on the wrong side of the NFL when he violated the league’s substance-abuse policy. Willie Snead had driven straight into a parked car and was arrested on a DWI offense after failing the alcohol test. He was then given a three-spot side-line penalty.
He suffered a hamstring injury in week 3 of the season, which put him out of action for another two weeks. His performance after his return was nowhere near the level he had set out to achieve.
On April 20, 2018, the Baltimore Ravens arrived with an unscheduled two-year contract worth around $10.4 million for Snead, which had been put out to tender by the Saints. They officially closed the deal three days later, after the Saints officially refused to fulfill the contract offered by the Ravens, making Snead a player for the Ravens.