He was born on May 4, 1988 and graduated from Maize (KS) High School. He didn't play football in high school. He first played as a sophomore at Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS, where he earned NJCAA All-American honors and was also an All-Jayhawk Conference honoree. He transferred to Valdosta State the following year, starting 10 games at left tackle and allowing only one sack. He earned 1st team All-Gulf South Conference honors as well as 2nd team Division II All-American honors. As a senior, he started 14 games at left tackle. He was named a Gene Upshaw Award finalist, given to Division II's top lineman. He also was a 1st team All-GSC and All-American honoree. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on April 29, 2013 ... Re-signed by Falcons on April 7, 2016 ... Re-signed by Falcons to a five-year contract extension on November 21, 2016.
Signed a one-year restricted free agent tender worth $2.553 million in 2016 ... 2016: Signed a five-year contract extension worth worth $31.5 million with $12.5 million guaranteed with $19.15 million due over the first three seasons. The deal also includes a $500,000 signing bonus and includes another $1.5 million in incentives. His deal includes $7.5 million which is fully guaranteed at signing, including his signing bonus, 2017 base salary of $1 million and 2017 roster bonus of $6 million. That roster bonus is due on the 15th day of the 2017 league year. His 2018 base salary is also guaranteed for injury at signing, but will become fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2018 league year. Other bonuses include per-game roster bonuses of $12,500 (worth a maximum of $200,000) in 2018 and 2019, and per-game bonuses of $18,500 (worth a maximum of $300,000) in 2020 and 2021. His deal includes base salaries of: $1 million (2017); $5 million (2018); $6.25 million (2019); $5.75 million (2020) and $6 million (2021). His 2016 cap hit is increased to $2.663 million due to the prorated allocation of the first year of his $500,000 signing bonus. His subsequent cap hits are: $7.1 million (2017); $5.3 million (2018); $6.55 million (2019); $6.15 million (2020) and $6.3 million (2021).