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Stephen Weatherly was a sprinter and long jumper on the track and field team and excelled in football and basketball at North Atlanta High School. He transferred to Shiloh High School his senior year, where he was named Team Captain of the football team and earned All-Gwinnett County honors, resulting in him being the first and only Gwinnett County player to be invited to play in the inaugural Georgia High School Senior Allstar Bowl as an OLB.
Stephen was also a member of the North Atlanta High School Robotics team and went on to win the Georgia Regional Championship and compete in the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
Stephen was an ESPN 4-star recruit, ranked as the 24th best Defensive end in the country and went on to play football for Vanderbilt University where he studied Sociology. He recorded his first sack in his first game as a red-shirted freshman and from then on, momentum continued to build with him showing versatility in the Defensive End and Outside Linebacker positions. Stephen was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings during his Junior Year at Vanderbilt.
Stephen proved himself on the field and established himself in the Minnesota community, through both initiatives with the Vikings and his own off the field.
Stephen is a trained facilitator for One Love Foundation, a charity whose mission is to raise awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Stephen has raised awareness for One Love through the NFL's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign as well as facilitated workshops and discussions led by the organization. In addition to his work with One Love, Stephen is also an advocate for mental health awareness having participated in mental health discussions in partnership with the University of Minnesota. During the 2019-2020 school year, he launched a reading program for underprivileged youth in partnership with KIPP schools in North Minneapolis.
In 2020, after four years with the Vikings, Stephen signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Off the field, you can find Stephen relaxing with his two dogs or trying out new hobbies like baking, photography, or glass blowing.