James Laurinaitis - Updated Feb 2024

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James Laurinaitis

James Laurinaitis is a young and talented former-American footballer. James Laurinaitis gained fame for playing as a linebacker for the NFL teams St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.

Early Life and Education

James Laurinaitis was born on 3 December 1986 and he is currently 35 years old. He hails from Wayzata, Minnesota, and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Likewise, his full name is James Richard Laurinaitis.

Talking about his family, Laurinaitis comes from an athletic family. His father is Joseph Michael Laurinaitis.

His father is also famous for his ring name Road Warrior Animal and he is a WWE Hall of Fame star. Likewise, his two uncles – John and Marcus – were also professional wrestlers.

Further, his mother’s name is Julie Laurinaitis. He has one younger biological sibling sister named Jessica. His sister played on her high school hockey team and graduated from high school in the year 2008.

From his father’s 1st marriage, he has one half-brother named Joseph, Jr.

His brother is a veteran of the Iraq War and training to become a police officer. Moreover, this personality has Lithuanian roots on his father’s side.

James Laurinaitis

Caption: James Laurinaitis posing for a photo with his father after winning The Lott Trophy in Newport Beach on 14 December 2008. Source: WCAX


Talking about his educational journey, Laurinaitis went to Wayzata High School. There, he played high school football and hockey.

Likewise, this personality was touted as a potential 2nd or 3rd-round National Hockey League (NHL) draft pick.

However, teams didn’t draft Laurinaitis because it was thought that he was more likely to pursue a football career.

Although he was a successful hockey player, he was named a team captain as a senior, and hence football was arguably his best sport. Laurinaitis was named Defensive Mr. Football in Minnesota in the year 2004.

In the same season, Laurinaitis helped his high school football team reach the state championship game in Class 5A with 193 tackles.

James Laurinaitis – Net Worth 2023

This professional NFL player has earned a decent amount of money throughout his career. Moving on, Laurinaitis has a net worth of around $3 million US dollars.

Body Measurements

James Laurinaitis stands tall at an approximate height of 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 meters and his weight is around 248 lbs or 112 kg.

Likewise, Laurinaitis has hazel eyes and blonde hair color. Besides these, this former American footballer’s other body measurement details are still under review.

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, James Laurinaitis is a former American footballer. Laurinaitis was a linebacker and played for the National Football League (NFL) teams the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.

Previously, this personality played college football at Ohio State. There, this player was a three-time consensus All-American.

Likewise, he also won numerous awards. The Rams drafted this American footballer in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft in the year 2009.

While attending Ohio State University, Laurinaitis played for coach Jim Tressel’s Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He played for coach Jim from the year 2005 to 2008.

As a true freshman in 2005, this athlete played in all 12 games eventually reaching #2 on the depth chart as a strong-side linebacker.

Bobby Carpenter was #1. After Bobby broke a leg on the first play from scrimmage, James played the rest of that game. Furthermore, he also started in their Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.

At the end of the 2006 regular season, this player led the team in tackles and interceptions.

The same year, this player also won the Nagurski Award as the nation’s best defensive player. Additionally, he was named a finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik awards.

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Similarly, Laurinaitis was a 1st-team All-Big Ten selection as well as recognized as a consensus 1st-team All-American.

This player won the Butkus Award for most outstanding college linebacker in the year 2007. This athlete was also recognized as a unanimous 1st-team All-American in the same year.

Moreover, this athlete was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. In 2008, this athlete was named one of four finalists for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award.

He was the only Big Ten player in consideration for this award. He also became the winner of the Lott Trophy for The Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year and received the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Furthermore, this player received recognition as a consensus 1st-team All-American for the 3rd consecutive year.

Laurinaitis was also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and one of five defensive players among 15 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.

This player started all thirteen games and became the 4th player in school history to lead the team in tackles three times in a career.

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Caption: James playing for Ohio State Buckeyes. Source: Sports Illustrated

Relationship Status

James Laurinaitis is a happily married lad. His wife’s name is Shelly Williams. The lovers met each other while attending Ohio State University. The lovely couple tied the knot on 23 March 2013.

The lovely couple has two children together. Both of them are daughters. Their 1st daughter was born on 15 September 2014 and her name is London Laurinaitis. Their younger daughter’s name is Hayden Laurinaitis.

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Caption: James posing for a photo with his family. Source: Instagram

James Laurinaitis – Social Media

James Laurinaitis joined Twitter in October 2010 and so far has more than 53.4K followers on his @jlaurinaitis55 account.

Likewise, his username on Instagram is @jlaurinaitis and has garnered more than 7.2k followers. However, this Instagram profile is private, and hence only his followers can view his activities on this profile.