Kiko Alonso

Kristian "Kiko" Alonso (born August 14, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon, and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Kiko Alonso
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Alonso with the Buffalo Bills in 2013
No. 54 – New Orleans Saints
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 29)
Newton, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Los Gatos
(Los Gatos, California)
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:588
Forced fumbles:7
Fumble recoveries:7
Pass deflections:17
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

After a stellar rookie season with the Bills, Alonso missed his second season due to a torn ACL and was afterwards traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for halfback LeSean McCoy. Following an inconsistent season with the Eagles, he was then traded to the Miami Dolphins, becoming entrenched as a starter for three years before being traded once again to the Saints.

Early yearsEdit

Kiko Alonso's father, Carlos, was born in Cuba but raised in Puerto Rico.[1] His mother, Monica Alonso, is from Colombia. Kiko was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He has an older brother Carlos and a younger brother Lucas.

Kiko attended Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. He led the De Anza League and Central Coast Section in tackles his senior year with 150 stops (81 unassisted). He also tallied double figures in tackles in 10 of 12 games, finished third on the team in quarterback sacks, and led the Wildcats in receiving (35 catches, 559 yards). He led Central Coast's sixth-ranked team to the league title (10–1–1) in 2007, with its lone loss his final year coming against Gilroy (40–34) in the sectional semifinals.

Rated a three-star recruit by, he was rated the No. 47 inside linebacker in the class of 2008, behind Etienne Sabino (No. 1), Dont'a Hightower (No. 15), and Stevenson Sylvester (No. 26).[2] He accepted a scholarship offer from Oregon over a scholarship offer from Utah.[3]

College careerEdit

Alonso attended the University of Oregon, where he played for the Oregon Ducks football team from 2008 to 2012. After redshirting in 2008, he spent the 2009 season as Oregon's primary reserve middle linebacker. He appeared in the final twelve games, accumulating 13 of his 16 tackles unassisted. In 2010, he spent the entire season suspended from the team for a DUI and other legal troubles.[4] He returned the following season and was Oregon's eighth-leading tackler ranked fourth among linebackers with 46 stops, including 6 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was also named the 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with one interception and five tackles, including career-highs of 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. In his final season, he started in all 13 games and earned second team all-conference honors. He recorded 87 total tackles (62 solo, 25 assisted), including 16 tackles for loss, a sack, four interceptions, seven pass deflections and two forced fumbles.


On February 19, 2010, Alonso was arrested and charged with a DUI.[5][6] It was a controversial situation for the Oregon Ducks football program, as it had gone through a large volume of player misbehavior off of the field. Chip Kelly and the program had been criticized greatly by fans for being too lenient on star players for the sake of winning just days prior to Kiko's arrest.[7] Coach Kelly made the decision to suspend Kiko for the DUI for the entire 2010 season. In 2011 Kiko was given another chance to be a star on the Ducks football team, but he was arrested again in May 2011 for burglary, criminal trespassing and mischief.[8] The charges stemmed from a burglary attempt on a female victim who reported that Alonso banged on her door and demanded to let him in to her home. The woman called 911, and Alonso smashed down her door and entered her home.[9] He was also found to be intoxicated from alcohol at the scene. Nothing was reportedly missing from the woman's house which led to further speculation if this was a serious attempt of robbery or another public intoxication act of Alonso. According to sources close to him, it is believed Alonso thought he was breaking into his own house. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges. He received two years of probation, and was ordered to undergo 200 hours of community service along with alcohol treatment programs. His plea bargain allowed him to avoid going to jail.[10] Despite calls from the local team supporters to kick Kiko off of the team,[11] he was then given a third chance by Kelly, being re-instated to the Ducks football team in early September 2011 after completing over 200 hours of community service and the alcoholic awareness program.[12]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
32 18 in
(0.82 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.74 s 1.66 s 2.71 s 4.18 s 6.96 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
All values from NFL Combine.[13]

Buffalo BillsEdit

The Buffalo Bills selected Alonso in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Alonso was the fifth linebacker drafted in 2013.[14]

External video
  Bills draft Kiko Alonso 46th overall
  2013 NFL Draft Profile: Kiko Alonso


On May 14, 2013, the Buffalo Bills signed Alonso to a four-year, $4.30 million contract that includes $2.46 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.57 million.[15][16][17]

Alonso was drafted as a replacement for Nick Barnett and entered training camp as the starting middle linebacker.[18] Head coach Doug Marrone named Alonso the starting middle linebacker to begin the regular season, alongside outside linebackers Nigel Bradham and Manny Lawson.[19][20]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Buffalo Bills’ season-opener against the New England Patriots and recorded nine combined tackles during their 23–21 loss. On September 15, 2013, Alonso recorded ten combined tackles, deflected a pass, made his first career sack, and made his first career interception during a 24–23 win against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Alonso intercepted a pass by Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton, that was originally intended for fullback Mike Tolbert, during the first quarter.[21] In Week 3, Alonso recorded eight combined tackles and intercepted a pass by Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith as the Bills lost 27–20 at the New York Jets.[22] He became the first Bills’ player to record an interception in back to back games since Jairus Byrd in 2009.[23] On September 29, 2013, Alonso made five combined tackles and intercepted two passes by Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco in a 23–20 win against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.[24] On October 3, 2013, Alonso was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September.[25] In Week 6, Alonso recorded a season-high 22 combined tackles (nine solo) during a 27–24 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. Alonso started in all 16 games as a rookie in 2013 and recorded 159 combined tackles, four interceptions, four pass deflections, two sacks, and one forced fumble.[26] Alonso finished with the third most tackles among all players in 2013, behind Vontaze Burfict and Paul Posluszny.[27] Alonso was the only defensive player nominated for PFWA Rookie of the Year in 2013.[28] On January 14, 2014, Alonso was named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year.[29] Alonso was also named to the NFL's All-Under-25 Team for 2014.[30]


Bills General Manager Doug Whaley announced that Alonso would be shifted to the weakside linebacker position for the 2014–15 NFL season.[31] Shortly after however, Alonso tore his ACL while working out in Oregon and missed the entire 2014 season, as a seven to nine-month recovery was expected.[32][33] On August 26, 2014, the Buffalo Bills placed Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury.[34]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit


On March 10, 2015, the Buffalo Bills traded Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy. The trade reunited Alonso with Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly, who was his head coach at Oregon.[35]

During training camp, Alonso competed against Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans for a job as a starting inside linebacker.[36] Head coach Chip Kelly named Alonso a backup inside linebacker to begin the regular season, behind DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks.[37]

During the second quarter of a Week 2 contest against the Dallas Cowboys on September 20, 2015, Alonso suffered a Grade II sprain – a partial tear – of his repaired left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Alonso was inactive for the next five games (Weeks 3–7). In Week 17, he collected a season-high nine combined tackles during the Eagles’ 35–30 victory at the New York Giants.[38] He finished the season with 43 combined tackles (30 solo), one interception, and one pass deflection in 11 games and one start.[26]

Miami DolphinsEdit


On March 9, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Alonso, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and a first round draft pick (13th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins' first round draft pick (8th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.[39] Alonso entered training camp slated as the starting middle linebacker. Head coach Adam Gase named Alonso the starting middle linebacker to begin the regular season, alongside Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins.[40]

In Week 5, he collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (eight solo) during a 30–17 loss against the Tennessee Titans. On November 13, 2016, Alonso made four solo tackles, broke up a pass, and returned an interception for his first career touchdown during a 31–24 win at the San Diego Chargers in Week 10. Alonso intercepted a pass by Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, that was intended for wide receiver Tyrell Williams, and returned it for a 60-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter.[41] Alonso was inactive for the Dolphins’ Week 14 victory against the Arizona Cardinals due to a hamstring injury.[42] Alonso finished his first season as a member of the Miami Dolphins with 115 combined tackles (69 solo), four pass deflections, two interceptions, and one touchdown in 15 games and 15 starts.[43][26]

The Miami Dolphins finished second in the AFC East with a 10–6 record and earned a playoff berth. On January 8, 2017, Alonso started his first career playoff game and recorded six combined tackles during their 30–12 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wildcard Game.


On March 9, 2017, the Miami Dolphins placed a first-round tender on Alonso as a restricted free agent.[44] On March 21, 2017, the Miami Dolphins signed Alonso to a four-year, $28.91 million contract that includes $18.50 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $7.05 million.[45][17]

Alonso entered training camp slated as a starting outside linebacker. Head coach Adam Gase named Alonso the starting weakside linebacker to begin the regular season. He started alongside strongside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and middle linebacker Mike Hull.[46][47]

In Week 8, Alonso drew criticism for a hit on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, which put Flacco in concussion protocol.[48] The league conducted an investigation to determine if Alonso should be suspended, but decided not to suspend him.[49] On November 3, 2017, Alonso was fined $9,115 by the league for his hit on Flacco.[50] On December 24, 2017, Alonso collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (eight solo) during a 29-13 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. Alonso started in all 16 games in 2017 and recorded 115 combined tackles (79 solo), one pass deflection, and one sack.[26]


Alonso was named the starting strongside linebacker to begin the regular season in 2018. He started alongside rookie starting weakside linebacker Jerome Baker and middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan.[51]

In Week 2, Alonso collected a season-high 13 solo tackles in the Dolphins’ 20–12 win at the New York Jets. The following week, Alonso made 15 combined tackles (seven solo) during a 28–2 victory against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3.[52]

Alonso once again received criticism for late hits on quarterbacks. He received a personal foul penalty and subsequent fine after colliding with a sliding Andrew Luck during a week 12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[53] After a similar hit on Josh Allen during a week 17 tilt against the Buffalo Bills, Alonso was ejected from that game after a scuffle broke out between the Bills and Dolphins.[54]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On September 1, 2019, Alonso was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for linebacker Vince Biegel.[55] As a reserve linebacker, Alonso totaled 31 combined tackles on the season. He suffered another ACL injury during the Saints' playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, the first was in 2014.[56]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD PD INT Yds Avg Lng TD
2013 BUF 16 16 159 87 72 2.0 1 2 13 0 4 4 38 9.5 32 0
2014 BUF 0 0 DNP
2015 PHI 11 1 43 30 13 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
2016 MIA 15 15 115 69 46 0.0 1 4 2 0 4 2 70 35.0 60T 1
2017 MIA 16 16 115 79 36 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2018 MIA 15 15 125 79 46 0.0 3 1 0 0 6 3 30 10.0 15 0
Career 73 63 557 344 213 3.0 7 7 15 0 16 10 138 -- 60T 1


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