4 things to know about Patriots running back Sony Michel
After a standout career with the Georgia Bulldogs, Sony Michel took the league by storm in his rookie year with the New England Patriots racking up 931 yards and six touchdowns. He is well on his way to being one of the better running backs in the league, so let’s look at four things you need to know about him.
Was a Part of One of the Best Backfields in College Football
There have been a lot of great backfields in college football history, but in terms of star power, he was apart of one of the best. In 2014 as a freshman he shared the backfield in Georgia with Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb and Los Angeles Rams backs Todd Gurley. Keith Marshall was also a part of the star power although he really hasn’t caught on in the NFL.
He didn’t have a huge role in 2014, but he still racked up 64 rushing attempts for 410 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.
All three of the guys are still close, but Michel and Chubb spent more time together, and the two consider each other best friends.
Michel and Chubb also set the record for the most rushing yards between a duo in college football history racking up a total of 8,198 combined yards in their career.
Michel is a Rapper… Kind of
Michel first started rapping back in middle school, and it’s something he has always enjoyed, although he has admitted he’s not sure how great he really is at.
He uses the name FlyGuy2Stackz and has released some money including “Proud Of Me” in 2017 which also has a music video.
When he lived in Athens, he had a small recording studio, and with the nice NFL contract, he can now build a bigger one.
Is the Son of Haitian Immigrants
Michel’s mom Marie left Haiti in 1990 for a better life in the United States and met Michel’s dad Jean once she made it to the states. Marie worked odd jobs, mostly involving housekeeping to try and make ends meet.
Marie currently works in the cafeteria at American Heritage High School even though Sony has made it big. Sony has helped his parents since being drafted by Marie doesn’t want to depend on him, which is why she continues to work.
To ESPN, she said, You still have to try to save some. He wants to give me [money] now, but what if one day he says, ‘I can’t help anymore’? If that happens, I still know I can take care of myself.”
Was a Track Star
Much like a lot of NFL stars, Michel was also a very strong track athlete and turned heads with his speed at a young age. As an eighth-grader Michel ran the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds.
He continued to run track through high school, and although he didn’t compete in college, there were many times at Georgia and with the Patriots that he has shown that he still has blazing speed.