Javon Alexander Mack was born on November 19, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA and attended San Marcos High in Santa Barbara, CA. As a redshirt freshman, he played in seven games as a reserve center. He was named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic team that year. He became the starting center as a sophomore, earning starts in all 13 games. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors and second-team Pac-10 All-Academic team honors that year as well. As a junior he started all 13 games at center, earning first-team All-Pac-10 and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors. He also was a Rimington Trophy (top center) finalist and Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman/linebacker) semifinalist as a junior as well. As a senior he started all 13 games at center, earning first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic team honors. He was also named the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also was a Rimington Trophy finalist, Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist, third-team All-American and won the Campbell Trophy (formerly Draddy Award), considered the "Academic Heisman." He was originally drafted in the first round (21st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Signed by Cleveland Browns on July 25, 2009 ... Designated transition player by the Browns on March 3, 2014 ... Signed an offer sheet by Jacksonville Jaguars on April 11, 2014 ... Re-signed by Browns on April 11, 2014 after they matched Jaguars offer sheet ... Placed on injured reserve by Browns on October 17, 2014 with a broken left fibula ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 9, 2016.
2015: Signed a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $45 million, including $28.5 million guaranteed. That guaranteed money includes his 2016, 2017 and 2019 base salaries and a $11.5 million signing bonus. His 2019 base salary is guaranteed for injury at signing, but will become fully guaranteed if Mack is on the Falcons roster on May 15, 2017. His base salaries are: $1.75 million (2016); $6.75 million (2017); $8.5 million (2018-19) and $8 million (2020). His cap hits are: $4.05 million (2016); $9.05 million (2017); $10.8 million (2018-19) and $10.3 million (2020).