Blake Proehl (American Idol) Bio, Age, Parents, Dad, Height, Football

Blake Proehl Biography

Blake Proehl is a singer-songwriter and football player from Greensboro, NC. He is widely recognized for competing in ABC’s singing reality competition show “American Idol” season 22. Proehl played football for East Carolina and the Minnesota Vikings as a wide receiver. An ACL injury altered his NFL dream. Proehl has already released original songs which include “Falling Into You,” “Happy Without Me,” and “Where You Need To Be.”

Blake Proehl Age | Birthday

Proehl was born on January 12, 1999, so he is 25 years old in 2024. He celebrates his birthday on the 12th of January every year.

Blake Proehl Parents

Proehl, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, was raised in Charlotte, NC. His parents are Ricky Proehl (father) and Kelly Proehl (mother). His father, Ricky Proehl is a former wide receiver, who enjoyed a remarkable 17-year career in the NFL. Among Blake’s siblings, he has a brother named Austin, who played for the New York Giants but was released on August 16, 2022. Football legacies and family ties intertwine in Proehl household. Additionally, Proehl has a sister named Alex.

Blake Proehl
Blake Proehl (Photo Credit: ABC/American Idol season 22)

Blake Proehl Dad-Rick Proehl

Proehl’s dad is former wide receiver Ricky Proehl. His father/dad, Ricky Proehl graduated in 1986 from Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where he played both football and baseball. Ricky Proehl played an impressive 17 seasons with various teams including the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts. Blake’s dad played in four Super Bowls and won two: Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams and Super Bowl XLI with the Colts.

After his playing career, Ricky Proehl transitioned seamlessly into coaching, taking the role of an assistant coach for the Carolina Panthers until the 2016 season. And in a delightful twist of fate, he returned to the Super Bowl, this time as a coach with the Panthers in 2016. Today, Ricky Proehl continues to shape football futures as the wide receivers coach for the St. Louis BattleHawks in the United Football League (UFL),

Blake Proehl Height

Proehl stands at a height measurement of 6 feet and 1 inch (approximately 1.88 m)


Information on whether Blake Proehl has a girlfriend or not is currently under review.

Blake Proehl High School

Proehl went to Providence High School. During his time in high school, he played football, and as a senior, he caught 52 passes for 1,016 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named first-team All-SoMeck 8 Conference.

Blake Proehl College

Proehl attended East Carolina where he played football. He was a member of the East Carolina Pirates for four seasons where he played wide receiver

Blake Proehl Football

Proehl is a football player. He played football both in high school and college. Proehl was a member of the East Carolina Pirates for four seasons where he played wide receiver. He is also a former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver. Proehl signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft. He suffered a torn ACL in training camp and missed his entire rookie season but spent his spare time working on his musical career.

Blake Proehl American Idol | Audition

Proehl is a contestant in the ABC singing reality competition show “American Idol” season 22. He is a singer-songwriter and NFL football player who was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“American Idol” season 22 premieres on February 18, 2024, at 8 pm on ABC.  Kate Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan return as judges, with Ryan Seacrest as the host.

Stay tuned on ABC on Sundays at 8 pm to catch Proehl’s “American Idol” audition and to find out whether he earns a golden ticket to Hollywood Week. Proehl credits his grandmother,  Joan Baker, out of Raleigh, with giving him the confidence to pursue music as she stands by his side in the audition room.

Update: The former NFL player, Proehl performed “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young during American Idol season 22 auditions. He received a golden ticket, securing his spot in the Hollywood Week.

American Idol Season 22 Contestants

The other contestants on ABC’s American Idol season 22 include:

Blake Proehl Net worth

Proehl, a former NFL player, boasts an estimated net worth that falls between $800,000 and $1 million. Beyond his football career, Proehl has ventured into the realm of music. As a singer-songwriter, he has graced us with several original tracks, including “Falling Into You” and “Happy Without Me”. Additionally, he’s a contestant on “American Idol” Season 22, showcasing his musical talents on a grand stage.


Blake Proehl’s Instagram handle is @blakeproehl, with over 55K followers as of February 2024.