Danny Shelton Biography
Danny Shelton (Daniel Saileupumoni Shelton) is an American football defensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Danny was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also played college football at Washington.
He attended Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington. There, he played football and competed in track and wrestling. Shelton was a our-star recruit and the 10th best defensive tackle by Rivals.com. He committed to play college football at the University of Washington in January 2011.
Shelton also participated in track & field as a thrower.
Danny Shelton Age
Daniel Saileupumoni Shelton was born on August 20, 1993 in Auburn, Washington.
Danny Shelton Family
He was born to Samoan mother, and his father is Peruvian. Danny has two brothers; Gaston Shelton, and Shennon Shelton. Danny often speaks of his Samoan heritage and also dons a lavalava, which is a traditional Polynesian cloth worn like a kilt or skirt.
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Danny and his brothers were involved in an altercation at an apartment complex in Auburn, Washington on May 1, 2011. According to a source, his brother Gaston Shelton was at a friend’s apartment when a fight between a group of men broke out.
Gaston was punched while he was recording the incident on his cellphone and he struck the man back. Three men who included a man called Olenthis Woods, assaulted him causing multiple cuts. After the incident, he called his wife and told her to tell Danny and his brothers that he was jumped. Danny arrived with his brother Shennon, a cousin, and a friend and began looking for Olenthis Woods. They went to his home and his mother and sister attempted to make them leave. Woods went inside the house to uretrieve a handgun. While Gaston and Shennon stood at the front door, the others surrounded the sides of the house.
Olenthis shot gaston in the chest after telling him to back up. Shennon lunged at Woods and he got shot in the head causing his death.
The Auburn prosecutors decided not to charge Woods regarding his actions to be in iself-defense.
Danny Shelton Wife
Shelton married his best friend Mara in mid 2018.
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Danny was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 12th overall selection of the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, 2015. When he was meeting with Roger Goodell on stage, he hugged the commissioner and lifted him off the ground in excitement. Danny was the University of Washington’s first defensive lineman selected in the first round of a NFL draft since Steve Emtman in 1992. Shelton signed a four-year deal worth $11.7 million on May 12, 2015. He played 16 games with 36 tackles in 16 games of his rookie season.
During the 2016 offseason, after center Alex Mack left the team in free agency, Danny changed his jersey number from 71 to 55, which had been previously worn by Mack. He had wanted the number since being drafted by the Browns but opted for his college 71 since 55 was unavailable. Shelton explained he wanted to adorn 55 as tributes to his brother Shennon and also former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, both of whom have died and have worn 55 while playing football. Shelton started all 16 games with 59 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2016.
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The Browns agreed to trade Shelton on March 10, 2018 and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for a 2019 third-round pick. On March 14, 2018, the deal became official at the start of the NFL year. The Patriots declined the fifth-year option on Shelton’s contract on May 2, 2018, making him a free agent in 2019.
Danny Shelton Net Worth
The Patriots’ defensive tackle’s net worth is not yet revealed.
Danny Shelton Injury
He underwent a minor wrist surgery on February 2017. Shelton started 14 games for the Browns recording 33 tackles in 2017.
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INTERVIEW WITH DOG LOVER AND PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE TACKLE, DANNY SHELTON
Published: January 31, 2019
The Honest Kitchen: How would you describe your day-to-day diet and health and fitness routine?
Danny Shelton: My day-to-day diet would be anything my future wife, Mara, is cooking. It’s usually healthy meals, but on occasion she will add a few island foods like Filipino Adobo and Samoan Pagi Popo (coconut buns) for dessert. Usually during football season, she keeps me on a strict diet with small portions of veggies, meats and rice. Mara does a great job with portioning my meals, and when she needs a break, I’ll try to whip something up that I’ve seen on TV. I can make a pretty tasteful meal! I’ve cooked stuffed mushrooms, Thai pasta, and Ahi Poke, but nothing compares to what Mara makes. al
Our dogs follow a healthy diet as well. Every once in a while we share some lean protein with them, such as turkey, chicken and steak. When it’s time to eat we add some Proper Toppers from The Honest Kitchen to their food; they love it—gone in 60 seconds. I like to be their chef so I’ll mix some of the Proper Toppers with raw meats like lamb, chicken, or beef with an egg on top, paired with a small side of pumpkin to help them digest everything. When I have time, I’ll bake up some gluten free banana and Pumpkin treats, which I discovered on The Honest Kitchen’s blog. Since our dogs get spoiled with us sometimes, we really like to prepare healthy meals for them. We’re super glad we finally switched to having The Honest Kitchen as part of their diet. They just love it!
When it comes to my workouts, I incorporate a few different routines. I hit the gym to do weight lifting. After lifting, I will work on my cardio by doing jiu jitsu, which is great, not for just cardio, but hand eye coordination. As a nose tackle, it is important to have strong, quick hands. I will do double days to get ready for training camp.
THK: What aspects of your own lifestyle do you implement into your dogs’ lives?
Danny Shelton: My dogs are like my kids. They are all keyed in with my schedule, whether that means waking up early for work, playing football in the backyard, or staying in bed with Mom. They also love watching TV sometimes about cooking, house hunting, and their favorite, Animal Planet! Once I get home from work, it’s back to play time. We usually rough house inside or go in the backyard for the last exercise of the day. They’re my little 24/7. When I do not feeling like going to work, they motivate me to get up and go, because they will always be waiting for me to come back.
All of my dogs attend training classes; they are learning how to protect the house and family. While they are going to class, it is important to have a healthy lifestyle. Just like myself, my dogs must have a well balanced lifestyle with their diet and workouts. Between Mara and I, we take them on runs around the neighborhood, play catch, and of course horse around.
THK: How do your dog’s influence your own health, both physical and mental?
Danny Shelton: With everything that Mara and I do, we always have our canine kids in our best interests. We are a driven family; if Mara and I are on a diet, then our pets are as well, and if we workout, then they have to get a workout. Physically, we can’t be away from our kids (dogs) for too long, or we’ll be too depressed. We are one big family, so it doesn’t feel right if one of us is sick or away for a game.
Moni was my first pup from college. She, along with Mara, have helped me emotionally with the adversities I faced with my brothers passing, the constant challenges of playing football, and competing at the prestigious University of Washington. Moni, a Pit Bull, is my Emotional Support Animal, and she still helps me overcome most of the challenges I today. The rest of the group has learned from Moni’s example by keeping calm in crowded areas with dogs or random people—Moni is like the perfect big sister! Our kids make our lives easier; and although there are days when they act stubborn, we still love them!
THK: Can you describe the way your dog’s motivate you off and on the field?
Danny Shelton: Whether it’s helping me keep a positive mindset, or taking a break from the fast pace at work, my pups find a way to beneficially impact my life. It is no secret that my dogs are treated as if they were my kids, and that is motivation alone. Seeing how much fun they have playing outside makes me feel so grateful to have their positive vibes in my life.
Moni has the most warm and loving personality, Juju is the funny and quirky dog, Mojo is the athlete, and Juicy is the attention-seeker of the family. Mara and I use this as an opportunity to prepare for life with a house full of kids one day.
My mindset going to work is I need to provide for my wife and kids every day, and each day I can’t wait to get home to see them. The quote I like to live by is, “My family gotta eat!” When I’m training, they are always on my mind and I am motivated knowing that they are going to be excited to see me when I go home for lunch to eat as a family. With both Mara and I having similar family values, having furry kids to come home to every day is a blessing; being together as a family is always priority!
THK: You are a very busy guy. Any tips on keeping yourself and your pups in good health with a tight schedule and frequent travels?
Danny Shelton: My pups are so tied in with my schedule that I don’t have to use my alarm clock during the off season. They are used to waking up to my original schedule.
My offseason training is a little more freed up so I get to spend more time at home with everyone. On my lifting days, I wake up early and let the dogs run outside for about half an hour before I head to my workout. They can run around the yard and play with their toys for hours, so some days when Mara is up early, she’ll let them stay outside while I get ready to leave. When I come home from training, they get to play with me for about 10 minutes before I get too sore. Then, we take it outside for some more play time. When they’re ready for a break, they’ll come inside for some water and a quick snack from The Honest Kitchen. The snack gets their energy levels back up, and they’ll go back outside for another hour. With traveling, Mara and I usually choose to be home with our kids most of the time unless we’re invited to a special event that’s locally or out of state.
When we have to fly, we normally board them with our favorite trainers JD at Lorenzo’s Dog Training Team or Ashley at Camp Bow Wow. The dogs usually love being with them for the couple weeks while we are gone. We sometimes fly with Moni, since she is an Emotional Support Animal, but we don’t like splitting our kids up. We usually end up paying to fly the whole crew if we’re going to visit family in Washington. Boarding them with our trainers is always the best, because we know they will get their daily fitness with them and are always treated as family members, so there’s never any worries that they will get unhealthy or be treated poorly.
THK: Just for fun, what’s your go-to cheat meal? What about your dogs?
Danny Shelton: We are like everyone else, and although we follow a healthy lifestyle, we treat ourselves to a cheat meal. My go-to cheat meal would easily be ICE CREAM!!! Our house has to have ice cream in the freezer or I’ll have to make the trip to the gas station or whatever store is open. My kids are also treated with their dog ice cream from our local pet stores. We have a family ice cream night and watch movies. If it was up to me we would have a cheat meal every day. Since Mara is in charge, she makes sure we don’t have too many cheat days, but when we do have them, it’s always a great night!