Taraji P. Henson’s NFL Boyfriend Kelvin Hayden

Kelvin Hayden

Kelvin Hayden is the former NFL player currently in a romantic relationship with TV and film actress, Taraji P. Henson.

Kelvin and the Empire star seem to be taking things to the next level in their relationship after reports say the two just got engaged. As it turns out, the love birds have been dating for the last two years, but don’t feel too bad if you didn’t know –truth is they have kept the romance mostly out of the spotlight.

Taraji 47, shared the happy news on social media also revealing in addition to her new sparkler, she also got a Cartier love bracelet as a mother’s day gift from Hayden. Since there’s a pretty good chance you already know everything there is to know about the actress, let us tell you about Kelvin Hayden instead.

Born Kelvin Darnell Hayden, Jr. on July 28, 1983; the Illinois native is relatively less known than his soon-to-be bride.

Kelvin Hayden

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However, Hayden does have some very significant achievements on his own. The 34-year-old is a former football cornerback and Super Bowl champ.

Hayden played college football at Illinois after being a four-year starter at Hubbard High School in Chicago.

He was selected in the 2nd round, 60th overall, in the 2005 NFL Draft. After spending his first six NFL seasons with the Colts, he played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2011, then joined the Chicago Bears in 2012. While playing with the Colts, Kelvin racked up an impressive 239 tackles and nine interceptions.

After one year with the Bears, Hayden was placed on injury reserved due to a torn hamstring. He was released in 2014.

The former professional athlete runs his own business now, Hayden is the co-founder of Kärpā ˈDēem gym in Chicago. He regularly posts photos of himself working out on social media.

Hayden and Taraji were first spotted together in 2015, however the couple only confirmed their relationship last December. The two does not have any children together however, Tarij has a son Marcel Johnson, 24, from a previous relationship; while Hayden also refers to him as a “father” on Instagram. As his social media page indicates, he is the proud father of one daughter named Kyra and at least two boys.