Know About Leighton Vander Esch; Wife, Injury, Stats, Age, Contract

Published Date: 05 Jan, 2020 Updated date: 05 Jan, 2020 By Celebs Podium

Apart from his professional dominance as a burgeoning NFL star, Leighton Vander Esch is living his best life with the company of his newly married wife. The American football linebacker shared the wedding vows with his college girlfriend in July 2019.

Leighton Vander Esch is a promising NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys. He ringed his NFL debut in 2018, after enjoying a handy college career with Boise State University.

Leighton Vander Esch Short Bio: Age, Parents, Height

The 23-years-of-age young NFL talent was born as Leighton Vander Esch on 8 February 1996, to parents Darwin Vander Esch and Sandy Vander Esch. He hails from Riggins, Idaho, the United States. From his early days, he has received tremendous support from his parents to make his career in American football.

Standing tall at a height of 6 feet and 4 inches (1.93 meters), Leighton attended Salmon River High School in his hometown of Riggins. There, he competed in eight-man football, basketball, and track. Eventually, he enrolled at Boise State University to continue his career in football.  During his freshman career, he played all twelve games as a backup linebacker and recorded 20 tackles (14 solos), one sack, one fumble recovery, and the first down on a fake punt. However, his sophomore career was only limited to six games following a neck injury.

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Career Stats, Contract

Immediately after the 2017 college season, Leighton joined the NFL rooster as the first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys via the 2018 NFL Draft. Subsequently, he signed a fully guaranteed four-year, $11.84 million contract with the Cowboys on 11 May 2018. The deal comes with a signing bonus of $6.69 million.

Leighton made his professional regular-season debut in the Cowboy’s season-opener at the Carolina Panthers. In his opening fixture, he recorded three combined tackles, despite his team went down 16-8. Later on 11 November 2018, he registered a season-high 13 solo tackles and made his first career interception during a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.


Catch Leighton Vander Esch’s NFL career stats (Picture: Pro Football Reference)

As of the 2019 season, Leighton recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the 12-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. He was out of the action between Week 12 to 16 with a nerve issue in his neck. He was later placed on injured reserve on 24 December 2019.

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Married Life With College Girlfriend

A lot of fine things are having in the professional life of Leighton Vander Esch. On top of that, he is also making some amazing moves in his personal life. He walked down the aisle with his college girlfriend, Madalynn Tucker in July 2019. The two had been sharing relationship bliss for some years before they decided to put a label to it.


Leighton Vander Esch with his wife Madalynn preparing for Halloween 2019 (Picture: Leighton’s Instagram)

Leighton’s wife, Madalynn, is a basketball player for the Treasure Valley CC team. She regularly shows up at her husband’s game and supports him unceasingly. 

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Some Interesting Facts About Leighton Vander Esch

  • Leighton is of Dutch descent.
  • He finished his first season with the Cowboys in 2018 with a franchise rookie-record 140 combined tackles (102 solos), seven deflections, and two interceptions in 16 games and 11 starts.
  • His career highlights include Pro Bowl (2018), Second-team All-Pro (2018), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018).  
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