Vance Mcdonald

American Football Tight End

Vance McDonald
Former Football Player Source: Google

Vance Coman McDonald (born June 13, 1990) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League for eight seasons (NFL).

Early Life, Family, And Education

Vance McDonald was born in the American city of Beaumont, Texas. Bret and Beverly McDonald are his parents.

Furthermore, Vanimal’s family disliked the team who picked him. This opinion was shortly altered when the San Francisco 49ers selected him.

His father encouraged the tight end and his elder brother Tyler McDonald to play football. In fact, he took both of them to the Dallas Cowboys training camp.

Furthermore, both used to wrestle, which helped Vance learn how to dominate his opponents.

McDonald’s attended Winnie’s East Chambers High School. He continued his schooling at Rice University after graduating from high school.

He also played football for both the university and high school teams, where he was a valuable asset.

Vance was not very large in terms of his body when he was in his early twenties, and he used to lose playing pickup football with anyone bigger than him.

Furthermore, prior to enrolling at Rice, he gained 50 pounds, which improved his playing skills.

Football Career

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting tight end attended East Chambers High School.

Not to add that he used to play high school football in both his junior and senior years, winning the district championship both years.

The tight end also played basketball in addition to football. Vance excelled on the high school track team due to his athleticism and hard ethic.

Furthermore, being a member of a relay team, he learned several playing habits.

For the East Chambers, he was a tight end and defensive end. The professional athlete possessed outstanding football abilities.

As a result, the athlete gained a great deal of praise and attention from several prestigious institutions. He finally chose to attend Rice University.

From the start, the tight end demonstrated to the Rice Owls football team his real talent.

He also had twelve receptions in his first season and eight touchdowns in his second.

He also received All-Freshman honors and was looking forward to another solid two years with the squad.

In his senior year, he was also named first-team All-C-USA at tight end.

NFL Career

Following his graduation from college, the athlete joined the 2013 NFL Draft. He was selected in the second round, as the 55th overall choice. The San Francisco 49ers chose him.

When he was drafted, the tight end signed a four-year contract worth $3.59 million that guaranteed him $1.92 million with a signing bonus of $997,584.

Retton was a backup unit member for the majority of his time with the 49ers in 2016.

The former Rice Owl was traded by the 49ers to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2017 season.

He appeared in his debut game as a Steeler, a victory against the Cleveland Browns. He became an instant hit with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


During the 2018 season, the athlete was pushed into the limelight during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He gained national attention for his stiff arm against Buccaneers safety Chris Conte.

Furthermore, some perceive this lovely stiff arm as a run-over. The referee, however, did not give him a card for this action.

His teammates, fans, analysts, and many renowned players congratulated him on his amazing performance. He received several compliments on social media channels.

As a result, the 75-yard touchdown followed by the stunning stiff-arm was a thrilling moment in the game.

Aside from that, the football player’s stiff arm causes Conte a serious injury.

As a result, the Buccaneers’ safety was placed on the injured reserve list following the play. As a result, he was out of commission for at least six weeks.

Net Worth and Salary

The NFL tight end has amassed a sizable fortune over the course of his career in the National Football League. The net worth of McDonald’s is believed to be approximately $35 million.

In addition, he has a Glorious $27 million deal with the Steelers. Furthermore, the contract promises him a salary of $11 million.

In addition, the tight end earns a decent living from endorsements and partnerships. As a result, the athlete lives in great comfort.

He also has many automobiles and lives in a beautiful home. He also owns a few belongings.

Relationship Status| Wife & Kids

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end is married to Kendi McDonald. Vance and Kendi met in high school and fell in love. The pair keeps their personal lives pretty secret.

As a result, nothing is known about her employment and schooling. She is also the mother of three gorgeous children with her husband, Vance McDonald.

The couple married around the year 2014. Coman kayle McDonald, their first child, and boy, was born on July 17, 2016.

Ken Marie Ann Mcdonald, their second child, was born on March 17, 2018.

Finally, the couple welcomed a third son, Karse Alan McDonald, whose birthday has yet to be determined. However, it is expected to be between late 2019 and early 2020.

Nonetheless, McDonald’s wife has been seen to be quite involved in charitable efforts alongside him. The couple is resolved to give back to their community through charity.

As a result, they have partnered with a non-profit organization to assist many individuals in need.

Vance McDonald
Vance with his family Source: Google

Charity and The VM Foundation

Vance McDonald has a kind heart and is always willing to help people in need. He collaborated with the faith-based group Convoy of Hope. The goal was to feed the hungry through various programs.

Similarly, after retiring, his primary concentration became administering his charitable foundation.

He owns and operates Hidden Meadows Farm and Retreats in Pennsylvania, surrounded by nature.

In terms of the farm, his charity accepts grants for visitors on a ‘pay-it-forward’ basis. It contributes to the sponsorship of faith-based leaders, non-profit teams, and others in the farm’s region.

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Social Media

The Steelers tight end is pretty old school and does not use social media.

As a result, Vance wants to keep his personal life private. He prefers to live his life in the moment rather than photographing and documenting it.


Quick Facts:

Full Name Vance Coman McDonald
Birth Date June 13, 1990
Birth Place Beaumont, Texas, United States
Nick Name Vanimal
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Rice University
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Bret McDonald
Mother’s Name Beverly McDonald
Siblings One; Tyler McDonald
Age 40 Years Old
Height 6 feet 3 inches (1.93m)
Weight 267 lbs (121 kg)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Light Brown
Build Athletic
Profession NFL player
Former Team Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers
Position Tight End
Active Years 2016
Marital Status/ Wife Married/ Kendi Mcdonald
Kids Three; Coman kayle McDonald, Ken Marie Ann Mcdonald, and Karse Alan McDonald
Merchandise Rookie Card
Net Worth $35 million

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