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|Date of birth:August 14, 1990|
|Place of birth: Newton, Massachusetts|
|High school: Los Gatos (CA)|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Buffalo Bills|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Kristian "Kiko" Alonso (born August 14, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.
Alonso was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His father, Carlos Alonso, was born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico. His mother, Monica Alonso, is from Colombia. Kiko has an older brother Carlos Alonso and a younger brother named Lucas Alonso. 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.
He was also a member of the high school track and field team.
Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, 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). He accepted a scholarship offer from Oregon over a scholarship offer from Utah.
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 rehabilitating from a knee injury that he suffered in the spring. 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.
2013 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3⅜ in||238 lb||4.74 s||1.66 s||2.71 s||4.18 s||6.96 s||30.5 in||9 ft 9 in|
|All values from NFL Combine.|
On May 15, 2013, Alonso signed a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills.
In his first NFL regular season game against the New England Patriots, Alonso had a total of 9 tackles leading the Bills defense close to an upset win. The next week against the Carolina Panthers, Alonso had a total of 10 tackles, 1 interception, and a sack to lead the Bills to their first win of the season under new head coach Doug Marrone. In Week 3, Alonso finished the game with 8 tackles and a pick in a loss to fellow rookie Geno Smith and the New York Jets. He was the first Bills player to record an interception in back to back games since Jairus Byrd in 2009. In Week 4, Alonso had 5 tackles and 2 interceptions to help his team win against the Baltimore Ravens.
On October 3, 2013, Alonso was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September.
In a Week 5 showdown against the Cleveland Browns, Alonso leaped over the goal line on 2nd and goal to prevent running back Willis McGahee from scoring a touchdown. Alonso finished the game with 12 tackles and no interceptions, the first time he did not record an interception in a game since Week 1. In a Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Alonso had the biggest game of his young career, when he recorded 22 tackles. Although Buffalo lost in overtime, Alonso stood out as the only defensive player nominated for PFWA Rookie of the Year. and, on January 14, 2014, was named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year. Alonso was also named to the NFL's All-Under-25 Team for 2014.
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. Alonso was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on August 26, 2014.
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