Markus Wheaton is an American football NFL player. He played as the Wide Receiver and Kick Returner but currently, he is not involved with specific teams or can say, free agent. Moreover, the footballer had announced to take retirement after playing 6 NFL seasons in 2019.
Before kicking off his professional career, he has already made a good position in the ground during his college time. So, in the 2013 NFL draft, he was drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round, 79th overall. But due to his injury issues, he couldn’t play for a longer period.
Markus Wheaton: Bio, Family, Education, Career
The wide receiver Wheaton was born on 7 February 1991 as Markus Levonte Wheaton in Phoenix, Arizona, the USA. He was born as the son to two children of parents Odis and Katrina Wheaton. His father played basketball at Howard Payne University but no information on his mother. He has one sibling; older brother Marquese Wheaton. His brother is also an athlete who is currently playing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a cornerback. Additionally, he is the cousin of Kenny Wheaton, a former defensive back position for the Dallas Cowboys.
From a young age, during his high schooling at Mountain Pointe High School (2005-2007), he began playing football. At that time, he made twenty-three receptions for 476 yards with 6 touchdowns and 49 tackles. Later, he transferred to Chandler High School and joined the school football team. There he recorded 37 receptions for 736 yards and 4 touchdowns. Moreover, he became three-time first-team all-region and honorable all-state selection. After being titled as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he has been rated the no. 41 athlete in the nation.
During his time in Chandler, he didn’t only achieve a name but also became a sprinter for the track team. In 2009 Chandler Invitationals, he won the 200-meter das and 400- meter dash as well. And recorded a season-best time of 10.81 seconds in 100 meters.
After graduating from high schooling, he went on to join Oregon State University. There he played for the Oregon State Beavers football team from 2009 to 2012. During his college career, he recorded 227 receptions for 2.994 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also in 2012, as a senior, he became a first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection.
His professional football career began when he was selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 NFL Draft. He has been drafted in the third round with 79th overall pick. Later he signed a 4-year contract for $2.81 million and $591 thousand guaranteed. Wheaton debuted on September 2013 against Tennessee Titans. In 2013 season, he made his first career with 3 catches for 26 yards in 34-27 loss to Minnesota Vikings. He played 2013-2016 season with Steelers but in his final season, he placed on injured reserve.
On 10 March 2017, he signed a two-year contract with Chicago Bears. After recording only three receptions for 41 yards in 2017, he was released by the Bears. Later on, Philadelphia Eagles picked up Wheaton and signed a one-year career on 2 May 2018. But on 12 September 2018, Eagles released him.
Markus Wheaton: Personal Life & Wife
Coming over to her personal life, the NFL player seems very secretive as he has tightened his lips on his personal life as well as love life. In addition, there is no information available on his girlfriend turned wife with whom he had three children. But as going through his personal and verified social media accounts, he has uploaded many pictures of his family and wife. Plus he has also posted the pictures of his three kids; one son and two daughters. Nonetheless, he has captioned one of his posts “Married on 10-17-17, Finally got to celebrate it 2-22-19”. Now you must have guessed what the captioned is about.
He has announced at the beginning of 2019 that he will be taking retirer after playing 6 NFL seasons. According to Markus, he decided to take retirement at the age of 27 years, injuries were one of the reasons that he had taken in the last few years. In 2016, he suffered from a shoulder injury for which he can’t join final season under contract with Pittsburgh Steelers.
Markus Wheaton: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Marcus has entered in the football field with a leader in receptions and receiving yards. In 2013, he signed a four-year contract with $2.81 million with $591 thousand with Pittsburgh Steelers. Then in 2017, he went on to sign with Chicago Bears, a two-year contract. But Bears released him in March 2018, after recording only three receptions for 41 yards. As of now, he has a net worth estimated over $10 million dollars. Further, he ranks 33rd position on the Eagles with a $790k cap hit in 2018. Moreover, in 2017, he ranked among WRS with a $5.25 million cap hit and in 2018 112th position overall.
The WR Wheaton is also highly active over different social media platforms. He has an Instagram account @taewheaton with 116k followers. On Twitter, he has an account @twheat002 with 68.5k followers. He does not seem to be active on Facebook but has a page created under his name.
Markus Wheaton: Body Measurements
The athlete has a muscular body type with an average height of 5 feet 11 inches or 1.80 meters. His well-trained body measurement has not been revealed but his arm has a length of 32¾ inches and hand size of 9¹⁄8 inches.