Mercilus' Work Ethic Drives Community Support

Alum a Star on Field and Off
Posted on 10/10/2019
Image of Whitney Mercilus(from Houston Hotel Magazine)

The Houston Texans’ powerhouse, Whitney Mercilus, packs as much heart into the Houston philanthropic scene as he does into every game he plays in the National Football League (NFL). A balanced blend of determination, spirit and benevolence, Whitney embodies the hardworking, Houston hustle that makes this city thrive. Combining his deeply–engrained family roots, his faith and his Haitian heritage, Whitney’s tenacity and selfless service come alive in his everyday words and actions.

“What you see of Whitney on the first day you meet him is what it’s going to be every time. He is an easy-going person. He listens to what you have to say carefully … He likes to explore and is a very hard worker. He stays on task and loves people,” said Wilner Mercilus, Whitney’s father.

Texans’ jersey number 59 began his legacy of “leaving it all on the field” early on as a hometown football hero at Garfield High School in Akron, Ohio. From there, he expanded upon his craft at the University of Illinois from 2008 to 2011. He studied community health and gained nationwide recognition and accolades as a young college athlete. At the beginning of 2012, Whitney announced his decision to waive his senior year at Illinois and enter the NFL Draft. Read more here >>.

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