Jaxon Smith-Njigba Biography
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is an eminent American football player who is presently playing in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. Jaxon was a college football player at Ohio State, where he set the most receiving yards in a single season with 1,606 in 2021 and school records for most catches in a single game with 15 (twice). In the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft Smith-Njigba was drafted 20th overall by the Seahawks.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Age
Jaxon Smith-Njigba was born in Dallas, Texas, United States on February 14, 2002, and presently he is 22 years old.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Height
Smith-Njigba stands at a moderate height of 6 feet 0 inches (Approximately 1.83 m).
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Family
He was born and nurtured in Dallas, Texas, United States by his supportive and protective parents Maada Njigba and Jami Smith. Jaxon was brought up together with his outstanding brothers Canaan is one of them and he will be reunited with Jaxon in Seattle. Canaan Smith-Njigba, Smith-Njigba’s older brother plays in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners. Now that baseball fans can root for this upcoming season, Seattle will have another Smith-Njigba. Jaxon’s paternal grandparents are from Sierra Leone.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Wife
Jaxon is assumed to be single though he has not mentioned any information about his love life in the public eye therefore these details will be updated as soon as Jaxon does.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Education
He schooled at Rockwall High School. Jaxon led all high school football players in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in his junior season with 97 receptions for 20 touchdowns and 1,828 yards. As a senior, Jaxon was named the recipient of both the Texas Gatorade Football Player of the Year award and the Landry Award and caught 104 passes for 35 touchdowns and 2,094 yards. USA Today and Sports Illustrated named Jaxon a high school All-American and he played in the 2019 All-American Bowl.
Jaxon completed his high school career with 82 touchdowns and 5,346 career receiving yards in 44 games played. The #5 ranked wide receiver in the country and a 5-star prospect, Smith-Njigba acquired offers from numerous top college football programs such as Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Nebraska. In the end, Jaxon committed to Ohio State University.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Salary
Jaxon receives an annual salary of $3,604,327.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Net Worth
Smith-Njigba has an estimated net worth of between $5 million – $10 million US dollars.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Career
As a freshman, Jaxon played in seven games and led Ohio State’s freshmen with 10 receptions for one touchdown and 49 yards. While going into his sophomore season Jaxon was named a starter at the slot receiver position for the Buckeyes. Jaxon recorded 15 receptions (single-game school record) for one touchdown and 240 yards (the second most receiving yards in a game in school history at the time)in a 26–17 win against Nebraska on November 6, 2021.
Jaxon set both an FBS Bowl and Ohio State single-game records for receiving yards with 347 in Ohio State’s win in the 2022 Rose Bowl later that season. Furthermore, Jaxon passed David Boston for the single-season receiving yards record at Ohio State with 1,606 and also recorded 15 receptions (tying his own record set in the aforementioned Nebraska game) in that game.
Due to a hamstring injury, Jaxon was limited to just three games in 2022, and his decision to not participate in the College Football Playoff. Also, Jaxon disclosed that he would pass on from his senior year of college and join the 2023 NFL Draft.
In the first round (20th overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft Jaxon was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. In Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Jaxon caught his first regular-season NFL pass with a one-yard completion from Geno Smith. In Week 7 of that year, Smith-Njigba began his first game after starter DK Metcalf was sidelined due to a rib injury and he caught his first career touchdown pass on a 28-yard pass from Smith during that game.
On October 29, Jaxon caught the game-winning touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns from Smith on a screen pass. Jaxon caught the game-winning touchdown pass on December 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles from Drew Lock on Monday Night Football.