Rigoberto Sanchez: Wife, Contract, Stats & Tumor

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“Life is about how much you can take and keep fighting, how much you can suffer, and keep moving forward.”

Rigoberto Sanchez is an American football player for the Indianapolis Colts who went through many hurdles before securing his spot in the National Football League(NFL). 

Truth be told, the punter has struggled with a few health problems, but he strived and shined right after he was done dealing with them.

Sanchez, who dons a jersey with #2, is well known for showing different skills in the game and has admirers worldwide.

Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez
Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez

Before we dive in deeply on the player’s bio, here are some interesting and fun facts about Rigoberto.

Quick Facts

Full Name Rigoberto Jovany Sanchez
Date Of Birth September 8, 1994
Place Of Birth Chico, California
Nick/Pet Name Rigo
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnic Belonging Hispanic
Father’s Name Jaime Sanchez
Mother’s Name Veronica Sanchez
Number Of Siblings 4
Education University of Hawaii
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Age 29 years old
Height ‎6 feet(1.83 m)
Weight 195 lb(88 kg)
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Shoe Size Unavailable
Body Measurement Unknown
Figure Athletic
Marital Status Married
Girlfriend No
Children No
Occupation Football Player
Net worth $1 Million – $5 Million
Salary $600,000
Active Since 2017
Madden Rating 22 75 (Overall)
Pets Unavailable
Current Team  Colts
Social Media Handle Instagram
Merch  Poster, Colts Jersey
Last Update May,  2024

Rigoberto Sanchez | Age, Height, and Body

Sanchez was born on September 8, 1994, which makes him 29 years old in 2024. Standing at an attractive height of six feet above average in many countries worldwide, the player weighs 195 lb.

We cannot deny that this player has rigorous and robust workout sessions because Rigo has a chiseled athletic body envied by many.

His fans are crazy over his attractive persona and bubbly smile. But things that make Sanchez even more beautiful are the skills that he has acquired through hard work and talent.

The large numbers of admirers that Rigoberto has gained are from age, all groups, and gender. They love him and see him as an inspiration.

As September is born, he falls under the zodiac sign of Virgo. Virgo males are known to be practical, observant, thoughtful, and helpful. They are also perfectionists.

Rigoberto Sanchez | Early Life, Parents, and Siblings

Sanchez, aka Rigo, hails from Chico, California, United States of America. He is the eldest child of his proud father, Jaime Sanchez, and a loving mother, Veronica Sanchez.

Likewise, Rigo has two younger sisters and two younger twin brothers whose names are not disclosed yet. 

Sanchez attended and played at Hamilton Union High School in Hamilton City for high school. He was interested in football from a very young age.

Sanchez graduated from Hamilton High School in 2012. He then joined the local football league.

Rigoberto made field goals amongst his junior and senior campaigns, with 50-of-59 Pats. Due to such a fantastic presentation, the honor givers gave his team MaxPreps California Division IV all-state first team.

Rigo also earned the first-team All-Northern Section tribute. Not only that, but he also lettered twice in soccer and earned all-league honors.

Rigoberto Sanchez | Before Turning Pro

Before starring for a professional team like Colts, Sanchez played two seasons at Butte College in California after joining it. The college was located somewhat 30 miles southeast of Hamilton.

Likewise, the college got the second position in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). It was all because Rigo recorded 109 points and also pushed up school records of 76-for-77 on additional points and 11 field goals.

After that, he set a glorious school record for career field goals with 22 and a program-long 54-yard field goal.

Rigoberto played for Butte as a punter; he has then titled first-team all-California Region I on offense.

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University of Hawaii

In the year 2015, Rigo transferred to the University of Hawaii. Sanchez Performed in 12 games as punter and placekicker; after that, he played eight games, making kickoffs.

Moreover, Rigo is one of only five athletes countrywide who controlled all four kicking responsibilities for their programs.

Rigoberto Sanchez University of Hawaii
Rigoberto Sanchez moved to the University of Hawaii in 2015

He punted 74 times for 3,335 yards; it is the second-most season punt yards and fifth-most punts at the University of Hawaii.

Due to his excellence in gameplay, he receives many honors and awards. Additionally, Rigo was recognized on the Ray Guy Award watch list.

Everyone in the Uni remembers that Rigo once converted a perfectly placed and successful on-side kick in contradiction to San José State. 

This does not stop here; Sanchez bagged All-Mountain West honorable mention and earned the UH Special Teams Player of the Year award.

During this stay at the University, he stunned every football enthusiast out there. Then, Rigoberto started showing how valuable he could be as a professional footballer and how bright his future looked.

Rigoberto Sanchez | Professional Career and Highlights

As the college hunk’s fame kept growing, Indianapolis Colts signed him up as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He showed Colts that he makes the team better by winning the colts’ starting punter job.

Furthermore, he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in his rookie year. Sanchez had played as a rookie and beat the past master Jeff Locke.

Colts recognized him for his skills, so that is how the boy from Chico made his NFL debut against Los Angeles Rams in the season opener. The game started at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Rigoberto Sanchez NFL, Colts
Rigoberto Sanchez made his NFL debut for the Colts in 2017

Sadly, the team faced a 46-9 loss. For the Colts, Rigoberto punted six times, aimed at 302 total yards for a 50.30 middling.

Even though the team lost that season, Sanchez made 84 punts for 3,764 net yards for a 44.81 average.

In the year 2018 and 2019, he was able to sustain the score and skills he showed during his rookie season.

All of this led the colts to make a four-year deal with Sanchez and an $11.6 million contract extension until the 2023 season.

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Rigoberto Sanchez | Salary and Net Worth

Rigoberto Sanchez is under contract to earn a salary of $600,000. Sanchez’s contract extends until 2023, with a total payment of $11.6 million.

It’s not a new thing that the football player’s salary ranges theatrically. In the preliminary Phase, NFL players make $400,000-$600,000 a year.

But at the same time, famous and more skilled players make $50 million-plus.

The National Football League (NFL) salary cap is almost $175 million.

So from all the information provided, the estimated net worth of Rigoberto is $1 Million – $5 Million. Furthermore, his career earnings from the NFL amount to $8,092,505.

Besides that, the player is set to make $2,345,000 in the 2022 NFL season and $2,900,000 in the 2023 season. 

Rigoberto Sanchez | Marriage, Wife, and Kids

Sanchez is currently married to his beautiful wife, Cynthia Sanchez.

The tale of these two love birds started when they went to college together at the University of Hawaii. Cynthia grew up in a place called Corning in California.

To marry Cynthia, Rigo first took permission and blessings from her family. After that, the lover boy proposed to her in the city of lights, located at the Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis.

Likewise, the two tied married in the spring season and have been living a blissful life as well. 

The love they share for each other is all over their Instagram and other social media. Rigo dearly loves and adores his wife, whom he also calls his best friend.

The duo seems to go on a lux vacation now and then, and the most recent tea about them is that they are expecting a baby very soon.

The gender of the baby has not been revealed yet, and all of these fans and admirers are very happy for the couple.

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Rigoberto Sanchez | Cancerous Tumor

Like how everything is not sunshine, a depressing thing occurred in Sanchez’s life when he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor.

As we all know, cancer is one of the most heart-wrenching and harmful diseases to have ever existed. 

In the year 2020, Rigoberto told the media that he would go under the knife to remove the tumor.

By god’s grace and early diagnosis, the surgery was a success. 

After resting for two weeks, Rigo returned to the practice, which is not a common sight for someone who just had surgery.

Anyways, he must have consulted with his doctor before taking such a step.

But his coach did not let him play immediately after the practice session. Not to mention, Rigo had known about the tumor long ago but still kept on playing.

We cannot deny the fact that he did it for his team.

Furthermore, Rigo’s decision supported Colts as they were already missing skillful players due to COVID protocols and injuries.

Rigoberto got many praises from everywhere due to his decision, and the Colts were super proud of their tiger.

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Rigoberto Sanchez | Online Presence

Cynthia’s husband has a prominent online presence as he uses Instagram religiously. He also has a website.

Rigo is not very active on other platforms like Instagram. However, he has a whopping 28.4 thousand followers and a blue tick verified account.

Sanchez’s Instagram is filled with posts of him playing on the ground. The recent photoshoot of him and his wife is genuinely sensational and sizzling. The love birds often post pictures of themselves chilling together.

It seems that his wife Cynthia never misses any of his games. The duo seems to be too much in love and celebrating life.

Rigo being friendly to the Hispanic kids made it to the news; he also has posted about them.

Rigoberto Sanchez | FAQs

How did Sanchez end up playing football?

Rigo started playing football in his sophomore year of high school only because his friends were playing. Eventually, he grew to love the sport.

Did his father grow up in Mexico?

 His dad was born in Mexico but brought up in California, and he always supported Rigo’s career choice.

Is Rigoberto Sanchez a pitcher as well?

No, the NFL player is not a pitcher. However, there is a pitcher in the Major League Baseball sharing the same name as him. 

What are Rigoberto Sanchez’s college stats and career stats like?

At present, Rigoberto Sanchez stands with the career statistic of 10,952 punt yards, 242 punts, and an average of 45.2 punts. Likewise, he has 92 Inside 20 and 63 longest punts. 

As for his collegiate statistic, Rigoberto Sanchez maintained 6,457 yards, and 144 punts, with an average of 44.8. Altogether, he had 135 points. 

Was it hard for him to adjust to the Hawaiian environment?

Initially, yes, because they had no Mexican food or the regular food he would typically eat. But he fell in love with the beaches and slowly learned about the island’s way of food and culture. So now he loves it very much.

(Based on Rigo’s interview with the IndyStar.)

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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