Marqise Lee: Contract, Injury, Net Worth, College & Girlfriend

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From having a tough childhood and opting for being part of the gang to having a successful football career, Marqise Lee has done it all.

Marqise Lee is an American professional football athlete of the NFL who plays in the position of wide receiver.

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted him during the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Before his professional career took off, Lee played college football representing the University of Southern California.

Marqise Lee
Marqise Lee

Moreover, Lee has earned numerous significant honors under his name, like- the Biletnikoff Award- awarded to the nation’s outstanding receiver, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year, etc. 

Furthermore, let’s jump into the insights regarding Marqise Lee. First, let’s look into some quick facts about Lee.

Marqise Lee | Quick Facts

Full Name Marqise Lee
Birth Date November 25th, 1991
Birth Place Long Beach, California
Age 32 Years Old
Nickname Albino Tiger
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Education Morningside High School, Junipero Serra High School, University of Southern California
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Elton Lee
Mother’s Name Anfernee Williams
Siblings Donte Reid,

Terreal Reid,

Stacy Lee

Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Weight 196 lbs (89 kgs)
Build Athletic
Shoe Size Not Available
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Vanessa Vargas
Children Alia Lee
Profession Professional Football Player
Draft 2014
Net Worth $5 million
Awards and Achievements Fred Biletnikoff Award 2012

Unanimous All-American 2012

Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year 2012

2012 First-team All-Pac-12

2011 Second-team All-Pac-12

Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year 2011

Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Last Update March, 2024

Marqise Lee | Early Life, Family & Education

Marqise Lee was born in Long Beach, California, on November 25th, 1991, to his parents Elton Lee and Anfernee Williams.

Marquise’s parents are both deaf, and he communicates with him through sign language.

Growing up, Marqise had a very tough childhood. His father, Elton, was not always involved in his life.

He had to spend his first twelve years repeatedly moving between his grandparents and mother as both homes had low incomes.

Moreover, when Lee completed sixth grade, his grandfather passed away, and his grandmother moved to Baldwin Village, Los Angeles.

Lee has three siblings named Terreal Reid, Donte Reid, and Stacy Lee. Both of Lee’s brothers were involved in gangs, due to which his oldest brother, Terreal, was murdered during a gang killing.

His other older brother, Donte, was held imprisoned in Arizona for the case of attempted murder.

Initially, Marqise also wanted to join the gang, but his brothers stopped him from doing so.

Marqise Lee
Marqise Lee #11

According to the horoscope, Lee’s date of birth falls under the sun sign of Sagittarius. People with Sagittarius as their sun sign are known for their spontaneous and intellectual traits.

Age, Height, and Body Measurements

Lee turned 32 Years Old] years old in [current year]. He belongs to the Sagittarius sun sign. Sun signs people are optimistic and honest.

The wide receiver has an outstanding height of 6 ft with 196 lbs (89 kgs) weight. Overall, Marqise possesses an athletic build with dark brown eyes and black hair.

Likewise, he belongs to the American nationality and follows the Christianity religion.


Lee attended Morningside High School, located in Inglewood, California while living with his foster parents.

He played basketball in school, and right after his freshman year of high school, he met Steven Hester Jr. and became good friends with him.

Moreover, Steven attended a private school located in Gardena, California, called Junípero Serra High School.

Steven’sparents liked Lee a lot, and he soon started living with the Hester family. Likewise, Marqise also started attending Junípero.

The Hester family wanted to help Marqise’s sister as well. However, they couldn’t do so due to financial and space constraints. They were always very supportive of Lee’s life and very involved as well.

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Furthermore, in 2011, Marqise was one of the top high school recruits. He had several NCAA Division I FBS college football programs offer him athletic scholarships. 

As for college, Lee decided to attend the University of Southern California after visiting several other colleges like- the University of Florida, the University of Miami, and the University of Oregon.

Marqise Lee | Career and Profession

Before jumping into Lee’s professional career and achievements, let’s look into his college career.

College Career


Lee earned a place as the wide receiver as a true freshman from Robert woods, his former high school teammate.

The joined receptions of 184 by Woods and Lee and receiving yards of 2,435 in 2011 were the highest stats that a pair in Trojans achieved in a season.

Marqise Lee
Lee #9 representing USC

Marqise won the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year honors because of his exceptional achievement, also becoming part of the All-Pac-12 second team.


While playing against the University of Arizona during the 2012 season, with two touchdowns and 345 yards with 16 receptions, Marqise set the record for receiving yards in a game in the Pac-12 Conference.

He again set a new record the next week while playing against the University of Oregon.

Because of his achievement, he won the Pac-12 Conference offensive player of the year honors and the 2012’s Fred Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top wide receiver.

Lee was the first Trojan to win the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Additionally, he also became part of the unanimous All- American team.


Lee decided to enter the 201 NFL Draft and not complete his senior year of college. Altogether, he played for three seasons representing the Trojans and played in 11 games.

Furthermore, during his junior year, Lee also represented USC’s track and field team.

He competed in the sprint relay and long jump, qualifying for the NCAA championships for the 2011 NCAA West preliminary rounds. There he set a career-best leap record of 7.76 meters.

Professional Career

After Draft 

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Marqise during the second round as the 39th overall pick.

Marqise Lee
Lee #11 with teammate

Lee signed a four-year contract worth $5.14 million, including a guaranteed $3.18 million and a $2.08 million signing bonus with the Jaguars on June 16th, 2014.

Moreover, Lee made his debut as a professional player during a season-opener game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Unfortunately, he had to leave the game because of a hamstring injury. The injury caused Lee to sideline from three games.

Likewise, Lee was inactive in 2015’s season opener with another hamstring injury sustained during camp and again missed five more games due to his aggravating hamstring injury.

In total, Lee finished his second season with 191 receiving yards, 15 receptions, one start, and one touchdown during ten games.

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Career- High Receives

Marqise became one of the starting wide receivers for the season after Allen Hurns received a hamstring injury. Lee caught his career-high of five passes for 113 receiving yards on December 11th, 2016.

Moreover, Marqise caught his 2017’s season-high of seven passes for 76 receiving yards while playing against the Tennessee Titans.

Similarly, Lee caught another season-high of 75-yards with eight passes and a touchdown while playing against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 5th, 2017.

Furthermore, Marqise suffered from an ankle injury and left the week 15 game with the Houston Texans during the second quarter. He didn’t play for the upcoming two games.

The Jaguars finished the AFC South games and secured a playoff berth with a 10-6 record. Marqise started his career’s first playoff game with a five-yard rush while playing against the Buffalo Bills.

Contract Extension and Release

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed a four-year contract extension worth $38 million with Lee on March 13th, 2018.

Moreover, after his extension during the third preseason game on August 25th, 2018, he suffered from a severe knee injury and had to undergo surgery.

Furthermore, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed Lee on the injured list on October 29th, 2019. During the season, he only recorded 18 yards with three catches.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Marqise on April 20th, 2020.

New England Patriots

After being released from the Jaguars, Marqise signed a one-year contract worth $1.04 million with the New England Patriots on April 28th, 2020.

However, Lee decided not to participate in the 2020 season because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Later on, he was released from the Patriots on March 18, 2021.

San Francisco 49ers

After releasing from the Patriots, he signed a contract with the Francisco 49ers on May 17, 2021. He was released from the Patriots after four days of the contract signature.

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Marqise Lee | Career Stats

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2014 JAX 13 8 37 422 11.4 37 1 3 9 3.0 5 0 0 0
2015 JAX 10 1 15 191 12.7 30 1 5 38 7.6 12 0 0 0
2016 JAX 16 6 63 851 13.5 51 3 6 35 5.8 11 0 1 1
2017 JAX 14 14 56 702 12.5 45 3 1 17 17.0 17 0 1 0
2018 JAX 0 0 Did not play due to an injury
2019 JAX 6 1 3 18 6.0 8 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0
2020 NE 0 0 Did not play due to the Covid-19 opt-out
Total 59 30 174 2,184 12.6 51 8 16 100 6.3 17 0 2 1

Marqise Lee | Net Worth

From being one of the top high school recruits and a successful college athlete with impressive achievements and playing for a famous NFL team like Jacksonville Jaguars, Lee has accumulated a fair amount of wealth.

Looking back at his contract details, Lee signed a four-year contract worth $5.14 million, including a guaranteed $3.18 million and a $2.08 million signing bonus with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Team Lee
Team Lee Net Worth

Furthermore, Lee also signed a four-year contract extension worth $38 million with the Jaguars.

However, after two years, he was released by the team, and the details about his acquired net salary from the Jaguars after his release are unknown.

Likewise, he signed a one-year contract worth $1.04 million with the New England Patriots. 

Thus, the presumable net worth of Marqise Lee falls around $5 million.

Net Worth of Marqise Lee in Different Currencies

Here is the net worth of Marqise in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin. 

Currency Net Worth
Euro 4,234,000 
Pound Sterling £3,604,275 
Australian Dollar A$6,713,120 
Canadian Dollar C$6,267,325 
Indian Rupee 372,772,500 
BitCoin ฿157 

Marqise Lee | Girlfriend

Marqise Lee is currently in a romantic relationship with Vanessa Vargas. Lee keeps most of his life private, so not much information is available regarding his love life and relationship.

Team Lee Family
Team Lee Family

The time when the couple started dating is also unknown. Together Lee and Vargas have a baby girl named Alia Lee, who was born in March 2020.

Marqise Lee | Social Media Presence

Marqise is not quite active on social media. He rarely posts about his personal or professional life on his accounts.

Instagram – 37.3k Followers

Twitter – 38.3k Followers

Interesting Facts about Marqise Lee

  1. In school, Marqise Lee was also a jumper and a sprinter for the school’s track team. He has recorded a career-best of 10.74 seconds in the 100-meter dash and was in the second-best rank amongst all 2011 prep classes.

Common Queries about Marqise Lee

What happened to Marqise Lee?

After Jacksonville Jaguars released Marqise Lee, he signed a contract with the New England Patriots. However, he did not participate in the 2020 season because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Is Marqise Lee hurt?

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed Lee on the injured list on October 29th, 2019, and it was the last record of him being injured.

Currently, there is no specific information that states that Marqise Lee is injured.

What number is Marqise Lee?

Marqise Lee holds No.13 while representing the New England Patriots.

Is Lee a Free Agent?

Yes, he is an unsigned free agent.

When did Marqise Sign the Patriot’s Contract?

Marqise signs the contract with the Patriots on April 28, 2020.

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