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Kailee Wong
Kailee Wong
No. 52
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1976-05-23) May 23, 1976 (age 44)
Eugene, Oregon
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:North Eugene (Eugene, Oregon)
College:Stanford
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× first-team All-Pac-12 (1996, 1997)
  • First-team Football News All-American (1997)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:496
Sacks:21.5
Interceptions:6
Passes broken up:43
Player stats at PFR

Kailee Warner Wong (born May 23, 1976) is a former American football linebacker. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Wong played college football at Stanford and was a first-team All-American as a senior. Selected in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft, Wong played in the NFL for nine seasons, first for the Minnesota Vikings from 1999 to 2001. In 2002, Wong was part of the inaugural roster of the Houston Texans, with whom he played until 2006. Wong had 496 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and six interceptions in his NFL career.

Early life and college career

Wong's father is of Native Hawaiian and Chinese descent, and his mother is of German and Scottish descent.[1][2] Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Wong attended North Eugene High School.[3] At North Eugene, Wong played football and basketball and was a consensus first-team Prep All-American as a senior in 1993.[4]

Out of high school, he was recruited to Stanford University by head coach Bill Walsh.[5] An economics major, Wong played at defensive end for the Stanford Cardinal football team from 1994 to 1997, the last three seasons under head coach Tyrone Willingham and last two as full time starter.[4] In 1994, Wong started six games at left defensive end and one at right outside linebacker, with 23 total tackles including two tackles for loss and one sack, in addition to a fumble recovery and three passes defended.[4] Starting seven games, including five at right defensive end, Wong then had 39 total tackles, including five tackles for loss and one sack in 1995.[4]

In his first season as full time starting defensive end in 1996, Wong made 63 total tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, along with an interception. Wong earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 1996.[4] As a senior in 1997, Wong had 47 total tackles, including 22 tackles for loss and again 12 sacks. He also had two safeties, one blocked kick, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and three passes deflected.[4] Wong was the team MVP at Stanford and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in a row, and he also made the Football News first-team All-American team.[4] He was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award.[6]

Pro football career

Minnesota Vikings (1998-2001)

Wong was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (51st overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft.[3] As a rookie, Wong came off the bench for 15 games with 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks for a Vikings team that finished 15-1.[3] In 1999, Wong played in 15 games with eight starts, making 49 tackles, three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and two passes defended.[3]

In his first season as full time starter, Wong had a career-high 112 tackles in 2000, along with two interceptions and four passees defended.[3] Again starting every game in 2001, his final season with the Vikings, Wong had 99 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, four passes defended, and an interception of Brett Favre returned for his first career touchdown.[3][7]

Houston Texans (2002-2006)

On March 7, 2002, Wong signed as a free agent with the expansion team Houston Texans.[7] Starting all 16 games of 2002 at left outside linebacker, Wong had 44 tackles, a career high 5.5 sacks, and eight passes defended.[3][7] In 2003, Wong again started all 16 games, making 44 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, and 11 passes defended.[3] Moving to right outside linebacker in 2004, Wong started all 16 games, with 71 tackles, and eight tackles for loss, in addition to tying his career high in sacks with 5.5 and reaching a new career high in passes defended with 14.[3]

In 2005, Wong started five games before a season-ending knee injury.[7] He had 33 tackles and one sack.[3] Wong played 10 games as a reserve with the Texans in his final NFL season in 2006, making 12 tackles.[3] Wong played in a total of 123 games with 93 starts in his nine-season career.[3]

Post-football career

In 2017, Wong founded The Athletic Room, a wellness center in Houston.[8]

Personal life

Wong is married to Marissa Lopez, sister of actor and TV host Mario Lopez, and has one child.[7][9] Wong and his family lived in Missouri City, Texas when Wong played for the Texans.[7]

References

  1. ^ Kwon, Bill (August 5, 1999). "Can Trojans keep up with the Jones?". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Archived from the original on February 23, 2001. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ McCormick, Ginny (November-December 1997). "A Day in the Life". Stanford Magazine. Archived from the original on November 9, 2000. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Kailee Wong". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "1997 Graduated Senior Bios". GoStanford.com. Stanford University. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Eymer, Rick (December 27, 1996). "Stanford Football: This Wong is all right". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Flom, Joel (October 9, 1997). "Mr. Wong's House of Sacks". Arizona Daily Wildcat. Archived from the original on September 9, 1999. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Kailee Wong". Houston Texans. Archived from the original on February 13, 2007. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ https://theathleticroom.com/about-us/
  9. ^ Cowen, Diane (April 20, 2018). "Mario Lopez surprises his Houston sister with a home addition". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020.

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