Calvin Ridley: News, Contract, Injury & Net Worth

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The wide receiver at Atlanta Falcons, Calvin Ridley, is a renowned American footballer. 

The American football celebrity has gained a lot of reputation in the NFL over just a short period in his international career. As a matter of fact, the 29-year-old Ridley has accumulated an impressive net worth of $10 million. 

It is, therefore, no surprise that Ridley’s noteworthy performances have gained him a significant income. 

Calvin Ridley
Calvin Ridley (Source: Baltimore Beatdown)

This article will cover some essential details about the NFL celebrity—those ranging from his wife and family to his career highlights and awards.

We, Players Bio, will also highlight the recent trending news of Calvin Ridley.

Without further ado, let’s look at some of the quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Full Name Calvin Orin Ridley
Known as Calvin Ridley, V8
Birth Date December 20, 1994
Birth Place Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High School Monarch (Coconut Creek, Florida)
College University of Alabama
Nationality American
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Age 29 years old
Father  Colin Ridley
Mother  Kay Daniels
Height 6’1″ (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Body type Athletic
Profession Football Player
Team  Atlanta Falcons
NFL Draft 2018 NFL Draft (26th pick)
Active years 2018-present
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Dominique Fitchard
Children Cree Michelle Ridley
Net Worth $10 million 
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Merch Trading Card, Autographed Jersey
Last Update May, 2024

Calvin Ridley: What’s trending?

There are rumors that Calvin Ridley might just be traded away from the Falcons.

Calvin Ridley is arguably the Falcons’ best player. He took an indefinite break on Halloween to work on his mental health. And this was the second instance he did so this season. 

The most daunting part is that there are no signs that Ridley might just be returning to the Falcons squad this new season.

So, the Falcons may trade Ridley for a new wide receiver. Ridley’s absence from the squad certainly poses the question of which direction the team management would like to go. 

As of now, these are rumors, but these might just get true when the Falcons land in the NFL Draft.

Calvin Ridley: Early Life

Calvin Orin Ridley, famously known as Calvin Ridley, is an NFL celebrity who dons the Atlanta Falcons jersey. He was born on December 20, 1994.

Ridley started to play football in his early days at high school. He attended Monarch High School in Florida. And played his high school football for the Knights there. 

However, he could only play three games in his senior year due to age restrictions. Because Ridley had passed 19 years and 9 months of age, he was no longer eligible to play football there. 

In high school, he was already regarded as a five-star recruit. According to ESPN, Ridley was also the best receiver in the batch 2015. 

Later, V8 enrolled at the University of Alabama and played college football there.

College Life

In his freshman year, in 2015, Ridley was already a regular starter in the playing lineup. He played his first career game in September 2015 against the University of Wisconsin. 

Ridley presented Alabama with consistent performances game after game. He also starred in major championships such as the SEC Championship. He had 8 receptions for 102 yards in the same against Florida.

In 2016, Ridley became an even more potent threat to the opposition. And he contributed heavily to Alabama’s success. 

Alabama eventually won the SEC Championship. They also made it to the College Football Playoff. 

Calvin Ridley
Calvin Ridley (Courtesy: Sportskeeda)

Unfortunately, they lost to Clemson in a rematch in the National Championship.

In 2017 again, Ridley showed signs of consistency. And courtesy of his stunning performances, Alabama made it to the College Football Playoff again. 

In 2018, it was announced that Ridley would be available for the NFL Draft. 

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Calvin Ridley: Professional Career

The Atlanta Falcons picked Calvin Ridley in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was selected in the first draft round and eventually became the 26th overall pick. 

Ridley made his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles. He debuted in Week 1. 

In Week 3, Ridley scored seven receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns, against the New Orleans Saints.

He continued his scintillating performances in the upcoming games too. Ridley followed up with four receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns in just his next match. 

Ridley representing the Falcons
Calvin representing the Falcons in the NFL (Courtesy: CBS Sports)

Ridley scripted history by collecting six touchdown receptions in September. It was the joint-most by a rookie in his first four games. For this, he was also awarded the Offensive Rookie of the Month. 

In 2018, Ridley was the leading rookie in receiving yards and touchdowns. He was, thus, named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. With this, he became just the fourth Atlanta Falcons receiver to win this award. 

In 2019, Week 14, Ridley suffered an abdominal injury during the game against the Carolina Panthers. Due to the injury, he was ruled out of the entire season. 

Still, he finished the 2019 season with 63 receptions for 866 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. 

2020 and Beyond

In Week 3 of 2020, Ridley made his third consecutive 100-yard game. He posted 5 receptions for 110 receiving yards against the Chicago Bears. 

His consistency was noteworthy for the Falcons. And Ridley was eventually named to the Associated Press All-Pro 2nd Team for the 2020 season.

The falcons could not let go of such a wonderful NFL prospect. So, in 2021, they exercised their fifth-year option on Ridley. 

In late October, Ridley stated on Twitter that he would be stepping away from football. He cited mental health reasons for this indefinite break. 

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Is Calvin Ridley married? 

Reports suggest that Calvin Ridley is not married yet. However, he has a fiance named Dominique Fitchard

For those curious, Fitchard is the co-owner of a hair extensions business, Hella Fly Hair Collection LLC.

Likewise, Fitchard and Ridley got engaged in February 2019. The long-time girlfriend turned fiance is also the mother of Ridley’s child.

The couple has a daughter named Cree Michelle Ridley. She was born on June 27, 2020.

Calvin Ridley: Net Worth

Although it has been a short career so far for the football star, he has not shied away from gaining a significant income in the NFL.

According to reports, RIDLEY has a net worth of $10 million.

Most of this amount results from his income and contract in the NFL.

Besides this, his endorsements also contribute to his net worth. It is a certainty that his net worth allows him to spend extravagantly on luxury. 

Ridley is endorsed by the following brands:

  • Nike
  • Academy
  • AT&T
  • Lowes
  • Essentials
  • Pizza Hut


In 2018, Ridley signed a four-year contract with the Falcons worth a sum of $10.9 million.

In 2021, Ridley signed an optioned contract with the Falcons. The agreement guaranteed Ridley an annual salary of $11,116,000 for the 2022 season. 

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Calvin Ridley: Awards & Achievements

The below mentioned are Calvin Ridley’s career highlights, awards, and achievements.

  • 2020 Second-Team All-Pro
  • 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • 2017 First-Team All-SEC
  • 2016 Second-Team All-SEC
  • CFP National Champion (2015 & 2017)
  • SEC Champion (2015 & 2016)
  • 2015 USA Today Freshman All-America

Social Media Presence 

Twitter: 145.5k Followers

Instagram: 358k Followers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In how many NFL teams has Calvin Ridley starred?

Calvin Ridley has starred for just a single team in the NFL, namely the Atlanta Falcons. 

What is Calvin Ridley’s jersey number?

Calvin Ridley’s jersey number for the Atlanta Falcons is 18

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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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