Josh Adams is a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, who joined the National Football League as an undeveloped freelancer after three years of playing football at the famous University of Notre Dame.
A candidate for the 2017 Heisman Trophy, he currently holds a number of records with his college, including most single-season and single-game races of any rookie. Read on to learn more about his achievements to date.
Josh Adams’ Biography
Josh, whose birth name is Joshua Adams, was born in Warrington, Pennsylvania on October 29, 1996. He is the third child of his parents, Apryll and Jonathan Adams, who divorced when he was young, although they both played an important role in making him what he is today. His mother works for the IRS, while his father is a retired employee of United Parcel Service.
As he grew up, Adams was unusually tall for his age. His love of all kinds of sports at odd hours of the day prompted his father to introduce him to football, where he initially played as an offensive line. However, after he impressed in sprints in middle school, his coaches moved him to the running back position. He then attended Central Bucks High School South, where he became a star player of the school. His accomplishments attracted the interest of colleges like Stanford and Penn State and many others, but Adams chose the University of Notre Dame.
In his first year at Notre Dame, Josh Adams played in all 13 games, playing three games as he was the third choice in his position. However, this did not stop him from setting a Notre Dame first semester record for rushing yards in one game and rushing yards in one season. Adams continued to impress, finishing sixth in his junior year at Notre Dame in the history of the rushing yards. He was listed on the Doak Walker Award Watch List in both 2016 and 2017, and on the Maxwell Award Watch List (2017).
Before the start of his senior year, Adams announced that he would be participating in the NFL Draft in 2018. Although he was not selected, he still made it to the league as a freelancer without a draft.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Josh Adams is 6 feet (2 inches) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg). The combination of his height and weight makes him a power-back type of running back, as he can use his power and strength to accumulate yards, even if these values inadvertently make him slower than the more typical shorter and changeable players in his position.
His other body statistics are hand – 9 1/4 inches and arm length – 33 3/4 inches.
Josh Adams signed a three-year rookie contract worth $1,710,000 with the Philadelphia Eagles. It was also reported that the team paid him $55,000 in guaranteed money to join their ranks. Apart from this payment, Adams’ base salary for 2018 is estimated at $480,000, which is 0.25 percent of the Eagles’ total salary for the season. In 2019, the Running Back will take home $570,000 and then $660,000 in 2020.
After a game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack soccer team on October 28, 2017, in which Adams showed one of his best performances of the season, his school launched the #33Trucking Hashtag and a website highlighting his plays to kick off the campaign for the Heisman Trophy. In that game, Josh Adams scored 202 stormy yards and a touchdown with 27 touches, including a 77-yard sprint in the late third quarter that gave his team a convincing 35-14 win.
After this performance and the bidding, however, Adams’s game declined. He only managed to play the part of the first quarter of his team’s next game against Wake Forest because he suffered from a mild headache, which he attributed to minimal sleep, exams, and a stressful school week. The following week he only managed 40 stormy yards because his team suffered a 41-8 defeat. His next two games were anything but worth the Heisman trophy as his hopes of winning the coveted award slowly faded.
High School Awards and Achievements
As a student at Central Bucks South, Josh Adams was named the first team in all of southeastern Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer after running 257 times for 2,085 yards with 28 touchdowns. His junior years were hindered by a knee injury. When he reentered the game in his senior year, he stormed for 1,623 yards on 208 carries with 25 touchdowns, but was named running back for the second team of entire Southeastern Pennsylvania.
He was also named running back for the PrepStar All-East Region squad and running back for the USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania football team. The latter also named him Offensive Player of the Year.