After being selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Dont’a Hightower has made a name for himself on the defense. This linebacker stands 6’3” tall, weighs 265 pounds and wears #54. He is on his way to a second Super Bowl championship. Let’s see what he is like outside the uniform.

FUN FACTS

Hightower was born on March 12, 1990, in Lewisburg, Tennessee. This makes his astrological sign a Pisces. His given name is Qualin Dont’a Hightower. Only 58 people have Qualin as their first name.

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Hightower did not have a favorite team growing up. As a result, he always liked to watch different styles of defense. Hightower loves “everything about [football]. The teamwork, the communication, and everything that goes in with it. Definitely the physical part; it would stink to be a big, fast guy and not be able to use it. I definitely try to use my size to that nature.”

How cool is this? Hightower has a street named after him in his hometown of Lewisburg, Dont’a Hightower Parkway.

CHARITIES

Hightower hosts a Monday Night Football Watch Party to benefit the American Diabetes Association. In 2015, Hightower’s mother was diagnosed with diabetes. He wanted to emulate his teammates as they hosted fundraisers for causes dear to them. So, he pledged to help raise money and get people talking about diabetes. He has been quite successful.

Hightower also spends time at Boston Children’s Hospital, spreading cheer to the sick children.

PERSONAL LIFE

Hightower has been dating his girlfriend, Morgan Hart, since they attended the University of Alabama together. Hart shares her support of the Patriots and Hightower on her social media sites.

Check out Hightower on his social media accounts: Instagram @_boomtower, Twitter @zeus30hightower and Snapchat zeus54

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