Elijah Qualls (born February 11, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Washington.

Early years

Qualls attended Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California. [4] He played defensive tackle, center and running back. The California native was a prized recruit, and even ran for over 1,800 yards and 23 scores in his final two years in high school. [5] He committed to the University of Washington to play college football. [6]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Washington in 2013, Qualls played in all 14 games in 2014, recording 13 tackles. [7] In 2015, he played in 10 games with eight starts and had 26 tackles and 4.5 sacks. [8] [9] As a junior in 2016, he was named first team All- Pac-12 after recording 38 tackles and three sacks. [10] After the season, Qualls decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. [11] [12]

Professional career

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Qualls in the sixth round (214th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. [4] [4] On May 11, the Eagles signed Qualls to a four-year, $2.52 million contract with a signing bonus of $127,204. [4] Qualls ended his rookie season with a Super Bowl ring after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.