Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Orin Ridley was on Monday suspended by the NFL for at least the 2022 season for endangering the integrity of the sport by betting on games. The NFL said that Ridley bet on games during a five-day period in late 2021.  

Ridley was placed on the NFL’s non-football illness list after the conclusion of Week 8 lat season, which ended November 1. He said he needs to “step away
from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing.” 

About Calvin Orin Radley

Calvin Orin Ridley is a wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League.

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Calvin Ridley was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 20, 1994. He comes from a black ethnic background. Riley Ridley, his younger brother, is also a professional football player in the NFL. Calvin completed his high school education at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, then went on to the University of Alabama to enhance his football career and academics.

He began his career as a member of the high school football team, and by the conclusion of his senior year, he had been rated a five-star prospect by practically all of the recruiting services, including Rivals and 247Sports. In 2015, he was also the best receiver in his class.

In 2015, he enrolled at the University of Alabama to begin his collegiate career. With 89 catches and 6 receptions for 14 yards, he helped the squad capture the SEC championship and the National Championship. The next season, the squad won the SEC championship for the second time.

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He kept his records throughout his junior years, and by his senior year, he had decided to enter the 2018 NFL draught rather than play college football. Calvin was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons and made his professional debut against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was selected rookie of the month and held the distinction for four games in a row. He was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team before the end of his rookie season, making him the only fourth Atlanta Falcons player to do so.

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He continued his form in the following seasons, and towards the end of the 2020 season, he was selected to the Associated Press’ All-pro 2nd team. He extended his contract in 2021.