Whop Philyor Bio: NFL Draft, Stats & Real Name

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Only a few people have the magic to leave their sparkle wherever they go. The same is with the Indiana Hoosiers’ mighty player Whop Philyor who earned the recognition as Second Team All-Big Ten in 2019.

Whop is one of the most approved and qualified wide receivers for the team Indiana.

He is explosive when he has the ball in his hands, brings creative skills on the field, which is quite fun to watch and raises everyone’s eyebrows with his power-packed performance.

Moreover, his speed and agility to move within a confined area are a plus factor. Philyor was all groomed to be the finest athlete from the very beginning. 

Whop Philyor, Indiana Hoosiers
Whop Philyor, Indiana Hoosiers

That’s yet another fact that his first love was baseball. Yes, he enjoyed playing baseball, but he had to take up the family business.

And hereby, the family business, we mean football. Whop has his own talent for creating big games with versatility, which will clear up how to prove his love for football in the NFL.

What are his further plans? How much will he be earning, and where does he come from? What is the basic reason behind nicknaming him “Whoop”? 

We will get through all of this, but before that, let’s see what does the 25 year old wide receiver has more to offer?

Quick Facts:

Real Name Mister Elias De’Angelo Philyor
Birth Date July 31, 1998
Birth Place Tampa, Florida
Nick Name Whop
Religion Not Known
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Education Henry B. Plant High School, Indiana University
Horoscope Leo
Father’sName Daniel Philyor
Mother’sName Holley Mouling 
Siblings Seven
Age 25 years old
Height (5 feet 11 inches) 1.8m 
Weight 82 kg (180 lbs)
Shoe Size Not known
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Not known
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Not known
Position Wide receiver
Profession College Football Player
Net Worth Not known 
Salary Not known
Currently Plays for Indiana Hoosiers (NFL Team)
Jersey number (#16 Minnesota Vikings)
Career Highlights and Awards Second-team All-Big Ten (2019)
Active Since (2017- present)
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Indiana Hoosiers’ Men Apparel, Sweatshirt
Last Update February, 2024

Whop Philyor | Early Life & Parents 

Starting with the basics, Whop Philyor was born on July 31, 1998, to his parents, Daniel Philyor and Holley Mouling, in Tampa, Florida. He is the eldest of eight siblings.

Moreover, he is Herschel Walker’s nephew; thus, logging into a football career was more of an inherited thing than a choice.

Football was meant to be in his life no matter what circumstances come his way. That’s why Whop must have given up his baseball career to go for football; that’s a major game in his family.

Whop Philyor sisters
Whop dressed up for the party with his two sisters

Well, all thank’s to Whop’s father, Daniel, who was all after him, guided him day in and day out to fall in the same lineage.

It was his father who wanted him to choose football over baseball. And slowly, Whop also got attracted toward the gridiron rather than the diamond. 

To add on, Whop’s mother, Holley Mouling, adds a lot of charm to his life and considers him that kind of kid who is more like a bubbly and energetic spirit, unbeatable, of course.

As every other mother does, she also loved him all her life. Daniel and Holley got separated after their thirteen years of marriage, and they both share Whop and two daughters amicably.

How did he get his nickname Whop?

Well, there is a fascinating story behind this too. His father, Daniel, was obsessed with Burger King’s Whoppers, and later his paternal side of the family started calling him “Whop.”

That’s yet another fact; Whop is always going to remain De Angelo to his mother. Everyone has their own preference, and that’s kind of okay.

Daniel would put his son in his black 1999 Cadillac STS back seat and drive over to the Burger King House on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida.

Philyor with his father in 2016
Philyor with his father in 2016

Whop asked for the same food every time. Whop used just to broaden up his face with a smile and say, “I want a Whopper.”

However, Daniel being the coolest single parent, fulfilled his demand and ordered a Whopper with cheese for him and a cheeseburger kids meal for his six-year-old son.

Additionally, his father, Daniel, also used to crack jokes on him, saying,

If he is going to eat all time, then he will be turning into Whopper. When he was young, Daniel did mention him saying, “Little Whop, but now he is genuinely Whop.”

Either way, the nickname got stuck with him, and eventually, Daniel and other people started calling him his favorite dish.

Traits that Whop ingrained from his father and mother

His friends and family say,

” Whop just lights up the whole room when he enters the room.” 

Whop was a jolly, jovial, and goofy kid since the very beginning. He was taught to smile no matter what situation came in his life.

To boot on, he was a jack of all and a master of one kind of person. Okay, that’s not a correct phrase again, but it fits into his character.

Sources claim he is part Energizer Bunny, part stand-up comedian, and a full wide receiver. Keeping these multi-talented skills aside, Whop also has ingrained confidence and motivation from his father.

He has carried that easy-going attitude along with himself and is soft-heartened, usually does not keep the grudges.

Daniel, his father, always told him,

“You are the smallest one, so you need to have confidence. For that, you have to have the heart of the lion.”

That’s when Whop just trained himself to remain tough in any crisis. 

On the other hand, even Whop, who is 5 feet 11 inches, was dissatisfied with being the smallest of all the cousins.

His younger sisters were more huge than him, and he was the oldest of all. And that seemed quite unfair to him. 

Not to mention, Whop’s mother, Holley, has also instilled many values in him. After living with his mom, he knew what the value of money and hard work is. Money just does not come easily.

Whop had an older brother, who is no more.

Yes, the story is quite sad; the Philyors could do nothing but face the trauma that instantly hit their life before growing apart. 

Daniel and Holley had a son before Whop, who died at the age of 1 in April 1998 after falling off a second-floor window.

Story by Whop in the loving memory of his brother
Story by Whop in the loving memory of his brother

And Holley was about six months pregnant with Whop when the painful incident took place.

That moment changed mercifully changed the entire concept of parenthood in their life. They were more conscious, thoughtful, and sensitive about their second child, Whop now.

Holley and Daniel both shared much gossip about their first child to Whop and did everything they planned to do with their first kid. Parenting with full awareness, alertness and vigor got a little extra.

About Whop’s parents

Daniel, his father, remained a semipro football player when Whop was born. Moreover, he was more eager to launch his kid into the sports field as soon as possible.

Thus, he took Whop on the field by three years old, which was quite not acceptable to a toddler.

By the time, Whop turned 7, his father Daniel had him running on the basketball court. Daniel made sure that his son Whop grabs a sudden interest in sports at any cost.

And the aftermath was seen real early. Whop notched a 75-yard touchdown as a fullback in his first Pop Warner game.

Whop with his mother at Henry B. Plant High School
Whop with his mother at Henry B. Plant High School

Okay, not mentioning his mother would be a crime here because Whop’s mom, Holley, has also played a role in building up a strong career and molding him powerfully.

She herself worked three jobs per day to earn bread and butter for her kids. She was a medicare provider with her own staffing firm. 

Holley kind of refrained from eating so that her kids would eat abundantly. She made sure that her kids didn’t fall short of money during their school and college life.

She was aggressively fulfilling all their needs and demands without complaining about the hard work that she had to put into. 

Whop Philyor | High school and College Career

Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Whop attended Henry B. Plant High School. Whop yielded 91 passes for 1329 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

Well, during his high school, an initiation to a great friendship got started. From that very time, he knew Indiana Head coach Tom Allen and played with Allen’s son.

Whop got along quite well with Allen’s son, Thomas, and since then, when they were by the field house, he not only played there but hugged Allen every time they met.

Allen also started summoning him as “Whopper.” Actually, the head coach was all pleased with Whop’s daring personality and acknowledged him more.

However, not everything was smooth and sailing in his life.

Whop was already going through personal issues while planning to flourish in his four years of high school career.

Only Whop knows what he must have felt moving back and forth to different residences.


Whop was stuck with shifting from one place to another; sometimes, he had his living at his dad’s house and sometimes at his grandma’s house.

He missed his mom’s presence as she had to move to Florida for family stuff. 

Meanwhile, Whop also had to address physical injury; he hurt his knee as a freshman after being placed on the varsity team.

Finally, things fell into place for Whop during his senior year at Plan. He had a bombarding year. 

The plant grabbed its victory over the first 13 games before losing in the Class 7A state championship game to Fort Lauderdale powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, which included 17 Division I players in that title game on the roster position.

Indiana Hoosiers

Although success and fame sparkled a little late during his high school, luck and hard work mysteriously favored him.

His big senior year got him admitted to Indiana University and sequentially became a champ for the team, Indiana Hoosiers.

He became so popular that he is known all about Indiana’s LEO (Love Each Other) movement. 

Whop was a 3-star recruit coming out of Plant and was the 199th rank receiver in the country. He in no time became a fan favorite.

He is known as Whop or superstar Whop to some. Whenever asked about him, not all but most of the Indiana football fans appreciate him as the leader of an Indiana offense. 

One of the strongest reasons to choose Indiana was his mom’s call. It was all the trust thing going on.

Holley knew his son would have the best coaches there to guide him. And why not?

Whop had unbreakable ties with the defensive coordinator and now the head coach for Indiana, Tom Allen. 

Whop’s former teammate and Allen’s son, Thomas at Plant, now served as a linebacker at IU. He, at the same time, played a gigantic role in inviting Whop to Indiana.

Thomas always mentioned, “Whop, it’s awesome here. You have got to visit and see here.” He was a host to Whop.

In  2020 as well, when Indiana had a loss against the Penn State, Whop had his own set of a memorable experience. Back then, he had a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Penn State players in the first quarter, which ended his game. 

Everyone’s favorite

As sources claim, Whop just manages to become everyone’s favorite wherever he goes.

William Inge, who is the special team coach at Indiana, just does not get tired of talking enough good things about Whop.

William also mentioned that “Whop is one of those players who can do anything to take his team to that winning edge.

The energetic spirit that he brings to the squad is incomparable, and the pursuit to prove himself best is also recommendable at the same time.”

The special team coach also said, “Football is a BYOJ sport that stands for bringing your Own Juice.

And Whop takes it as a serious task and does that every day. The team hypes up their energy level and performance level because of him.”

When Whop got his ankle and knee hurt in his sophomore season, it was evident that the team was so not complete without him.

Allen also spoke a few words in his favor, “He is an exquisite player. He just can make it a big game whenever he touches the ball.” 

Whop shared a great bond with a maximum of his teammates. He and Phenix are together most of the time, either talking about football or playing video games. Whop is someone who is fun to be around, says Phenix.

Whop’s yet another teammate from Lake Mary in central Florida, Nick Westbrook, conquered quite a major accomplishment together.

The trio grabbed a surprising total of 293 passes for 3123 yards during their time at Indiana.  

College Stats

Now, bringing straight upon the game statistics, as a sophomore, Whop had 23 receptions for 235 yards and a touchdown in a total of seven games, which was shortened due to his ankle and knee injury. 

Whop was titled as the second-team All-Big Ten Conference during his junior season after yielding 70 passes for 1002 yards and touchdowns.

Following that, he made up his mind to enter the 2020 NFL draft but returned to Indiana for his senior season.

He was also titled to the Fred Biletnikoff Award watchlist, an award given to the top receivers in the FBS annually.

You can find Whop Philyor preseason stats, game status, game logs, splits, career stats, and much much more information on the ESPN website.

Whop Philyor | Personal Life

The most usual question about Whop is, Is he single, or is he already mingled? If he is mingled, then who must be the lucky girl?

Well, here’s an answer to this question. Keeping your curiosity in mind, we searched thoroughly on all the internet pages.

We discovered that the young wide receiver is probably single because there is not even a bit of gossip regarding his love affairs, hook-ups, and break-ups.

It’s not that Whop must have stayed single to date, but it’s just there is no hearsay about his past love stories.

Or the other way around. He must be one of those guys who likes to keep his personal life private.

But yes, keeping the love affair gossip aside, there is much more to talk about him. Over and above all, Whop is quite close to his mom, and the relationship needs no explanation at the same time.

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Mother’s love

As per an interview, they probably talk five times a day, which connects them from Tampa to Bloomington. Their conversation is usually centered on wanting her son to be great.

Holley says she just holds on to him a bit tighter as she has already lost her elder son at a very tender age, and now she does not want to lose Whop.

She is more strict towards him and is considerate about who he brings home and with whom he hangs out more often? It’s just a mom thing that probably every mother does.

Whop has stepbrothers and his former teammate to hang out with, but that does not fill the emptiness of having a blood-related brother.

There is more to the nickname.

The whole moniker story took different turns when he started growing up. It was just not only limited to setting the nickname.

People kept asking him to pronounce his name time and again the very moment they heard his name, “Whop.”

Philyor was also called Whopper by his Indiana head coach Tom Allen. When he started introducing himself at Indiana, some people asked if his name was Wop, the dance.

And he just let that be because letting it be was much easy than explaining the whole back story.

The college became the most frustrating part for him just because of this nickname thing.

Some people also thought that Whop was introducing himself by implementing an ethnic slur of Italian descent. You see, different people took out different meanings of his nickname.

Well, there were people who quite often cherished his name, his opponents called his name cool, and fans on Twitter are willing to name their dog after him. 

On the flip side, Whop himself does calculate the positives and negatives of his nickname.

What if he was called Mister when he grew up. That would be quite a disaster. Whop is unique, and he likes it. It’s different, he says.

You can find Whop Philyor all combined and draft-related analysis, draft projections, news, and biographical information on the NFL website.

Whop Philyor | Net Worth

Well, Whop has not started his NFL journey yet, but it would be exciting to see him running in the field as one of the best wide receivers out there.

We all are waiting to hear his name in the upcoming NFL draft. All good wishes to him. And the best thing broke out as the news back in 2021 when he signed his first contract with the Minnesota Vikings for the basic salary of $660,000. 

Right then, he had a signing bonus of $10,000. As for his current year 2022, Whop has a basic salary of $825,000 and is expected to have $940,000 in 2023. 

Additionally, it’s a mere truth that Whop will be having a blast in his NFL career as he has that hard-working mentality instilled in his mind by his mother.

Although, Whop appreciates everything that his parents have done for him.

Social Media Presence:

There is no getting sad for the sports lovers who are huge fans of this young wide receiver, Whop Philyor. We can totally catch him on Instagram and Twitter. He is fairly active there.

Though Whop has a very minimal number of posts on his Instagram account, we can definitely keep an eye on him. 

The links to his social media handles are mentioned below. You are just a click away from following him and knowing him better.

Instagram29k Followers

Twitter–  4,641 Followers

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Some FAQs:

What position does Whop Philyor play?

Whop Philyor plays in the wide receiver position.

What is Whop Philyor’s real name?

Whop Philor’s real name is Mister Elias De’Angelo.

Does Whop Philyor have great speed?

According to the 2021 NFL draft scouting report, Whop Philyor is reported to have the average speed for a wide receiver but is agile and has good acceleration. 

Did Whop Philyor sign with Minnesota Vikings?

Yes, Whop Philyor signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 5, 2021. However, he was waived on August 31, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day. Later Philyor was released on October 4, 2021.

How fast did Whop Philyor run at the 2020 Meyo Invitational?

Whop Philyor ran 60-meters in 7.18 seconds at the 2020 Meyo Invitational.

Are Whop Philyor and Juwan Burgess teammates?

Whop Philyor was high school teammates with current Indiana football players Juwan Burgess, Thomas Allen, and Micah McFadden.

What are Whop Philyor’s further plans?

Like any other football player, Whop also prepares harder for the NFL draft in 2021 after having splendid seasons at Indiana and making a national name.

However, as per ESPN’S Mel Kiper’s Jrs, this year’s draft class is stocked with wide receivers, which clearly depicts he won’t be hearing his name announced until the last day draft. 

Kiper says, “Whop might get picked up in the last 10 to come off the board in the fifth or sixth round probably.”

Anjali Gupta
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