Joey Bosa Ethnicity And Nationality: Where Is He From?

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The four-time Pro Bowl honoree Joey Bosa comes from a football-oriented family. Fans are curious if his familial roots have links to Itlay; what is his ethnicity?

With three generations in the NFL, Bosa’s family barely needs an introduction to the football world.

Moreover, the delight was enriched after Joey and his brother, Nick Bosa, each became the top three NFL draft picks.

Even if their brotherhood may be unmatched in real life, in the field, they are opponent who wants the best for their team.

The Bosa Brothers Were Drafted In The NFL Two Years Apart
The Bosa Brothers Were Drafted In The NFL Two Years Apart (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

Born on July 11, 1995, the eldest of two brothers, Joey Bosa plays as a linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers (2016- present).

He was the 3rd overall pick of the Chargers in the 2016 NFL draft, behind Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.

After his two seasons in the NFL, his younger brother, Nick, also entered the big league as the 2nd overall pick of the 49ers in the 2019 NFL draft– the first overall pick was Kyler Murray.

The Bosa brothers, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School to Iowa State, share a football journey through high school and college.

Joey Bosa Ethnicity And Nationality: Where Is He From?

Joseph Anthony Bosa was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he grew up with his younger brother, Nick.

The NFL player is an American by nationality, and as for his ethnicity, he has a mixed ancestry (majorly Italian-American).

Bosa’s mother, Cheryl Bosa, has traces of white, German, and Russian descent, while his father, John Bosa, has Italian ancestral roots.

The history of the surname “Bosa” originates from Italy, which disappeared around the USA, Canada, and the UK throughout the 1800s.

Joey's Great-Grandfather Was A Mobster
Joey’s Great-Grandfather Was A Mobster (Source: New York Post)

Joey’s parents & grandparents have been residents of the United States.

The Chargers linebacker’s great-grandparents emigrated from Italy. So, it resulted in queries if the NFL star is an Italian.

Joey’s maternal great-grandfather, Tony Accardo, aka “Joe Batters” and “Big Tuna,” was an American mobster.

One year before Accardo’s birth, his dad & mom had emigrated from Castelvetrano, in the Province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy, to America.

Bosa’s Family Is A Three Generation NFL Player

Joey Bosa, 28, his younger brother, Nick, 26, and their father, Josh (b. January 10, 1964) are all NFL players.

Their dad, John Wilfred Bosa, is a former football defensive end who played three seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1987-89). He was the first-round pick (16th overall) in the 1987 NFL draft.

The Bosa father-son duo is the third family in the NFL to have three members as the Round 1 pick in the NFL draft, behind the Matthews and the Mannings.

Joey Bosa With His Father And Younger Brother
Joey Bosa With His Father And Younger Brother (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Also, Joey and Nick’s maternal grandfather, the late Palmer Pyle, was an NFL player. The Iowa native was the 6th round pick out of Michigan State University in the 1959 NFL draft.

Pyle played six seasons (1960-66) in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts and Minnesota Vikings.

Palmer’s son, Eric Kumerow (Joey and Nick’s uncle), played in the NFL for four seasons: three seasons with the Dolphins and one with the Bears.

Also, their cousin brother, Jake Kumerow, plays in the NFL; the UW-Whitewater alum is the undrafted pick of 2015 who played for the Packers, Patriots, Bills, and Saints.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey is a versatile writer with a passion for exploring the diverse and dynamic world of sports. His articles offer readers a captivating blend of sports analysis, human interest stories, and cultural insights, providing a holistic view of the athletes and events that shape the sports landscape.


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