Kliff Kingsbury: Family, Career, Relationships & Net Worth

Kliff Timothy Kingsbury, officially known as Kliff Kingsbury, is a former American football player turned coach. Currently, he is acting as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League(NFL).

The former NFL star, Kingsbury held many NCAA Division I passing records during his career. He was also part of the Super Bowl XXXVIII winning team, New England Patriots in 2003.

In 2003, his team beat the Carolina Panthers. In 2019 8th January, the Arizona Cardinals hired him as their head coach, replacing Steve Wilks.

Kingsbury interview
Kliff Kingsbury

Kingsbury decides to join his former college, Texas Tech University as a head coach on 12th December 2012. He started as an assistant coach for the University of Houston for 3 years, from 2008 to 2011.

Kingsbury also coached Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, during the 2012 NFL season.

Similarly, his coaching career officially kicked off when he served as the head coach for Texas Tech University’s football team, Red Raiders, for 5 years from 2013 to 2018. 

Quick Facts about Kliff Kingsbury

Full Name Klif Timothy Kingsbury
Birth Date August 9, 1979
Birth Place San Antonio, Texas, United States
Nick Name Kliff Kingsbury 
Profession Football Coach
Nationality American
Father’s Name Tim Kingsbury
Mother’s Name Sally Kingsbury
Height 6 feet 3 inches
Age 44 Years Old
Gender Male
Weight 90 Kgs (200lbs)
Horoscope Leo
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Education High School: New Braunfels
College: Texas Tech University
Net worth $15 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Autographed Football, Autographed Rookie Card, 2003 Topps All American
Last Updated April, 2024

Kliff Kingsbury: Early Life and Family

Kingsbury was interested in football and other sports from his childhood days. He started to play football during his high school years and made a career out of his interest.

Alongside his brother and his father, Kliff started his football days. His father was the coach for the high school football team at New Braunfels, where he studied.


Kliff Kingsbury was born to an American couple on August 9, 1979. Born to a Vietnam war veteran, Tim Kingsbury and Sally Kingsbury, Kliff Kingsbury had an interest in football ever since he was a kid.

Kingsbury family
Kingsbury family

Also, his father received the Purple Heart. Kingsbury’s mother, Sally Kingsbury, was a victim of soft tissue sarcoma. Later on, in 2005, she died because of the disease.

Also, he has a brother named Klint Kingsbury.

Kliff Kingsbury: Career as a Player

High School Career

Kliff Kingsbury’s football career started in high school. Playing for the New Braunfels High School in Texas was the jumpstart of his football career.

His father coached the football team.

Kingsbury in High school
Kingsbury in High School

Similarly, Kingsbury was interested and participated in many other sports apart from football in his high-school years, like baseball, basketball, and track.

During one of his high school football games, Kingsbury, as a quarterback, had 34 touchdowns and threw for 3009 yards. Therefore, he was also named offensive MVP in the Texas High School Coaches All-Star Game. 


Kliff Kingsbury: College Career

After his high school years, Kliff Kingsbury studied Management at Texas Tech University. Here, he played for the Texas Tech University team known as the Red Raiders.

As a quarterback, he played 43 games with 95 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. He started out his plays in Red raiders playing under coach Spike Dykes and later under Mike Leach.

Similarly, his performance in the 2002 college football season won him the Sammy Baugh Trophy. His achievements surpassed the college matches.

He won the Verizon Academic All-American Player of the year and Associated Press Offensive Player of the year in the same year. He also managed to save himself a seat in the All-Big 12 Conference first-team. 

Kingsbury in college
Kingsbury in Texas University college game

His college achievements include being the second player after Graham Harrell to win against the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners in college.

Likewise, he is also one of three people to have thrown 10000 yards along with 1000 passes in his college football career.

Kliff Kingsbury: NFL Career

Kingsbury’s NFL career was a long journey. Despite signing with the New England Patriots, Kingsbury could not make an appearance in his rookie year.

He spent his time with New England Patriots as the injured reserve due to an arm injury. He was let go by the Patriots in 2004.

Soon, he got signed by the New Orleans Saints. He was in the Orleans Saints practice squad.

However, he left the New Orleans Saints in 2005 and later joined the Denver Broncos for practice and got released the same month.

Finally, he made his NFL debut in 2005 on September 28 with the New York Jets. His game against the Denver Broncos was his First NFL game after signing with the New York Jets.

He played with the New York Jets for a year and signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2006. He left after training camp and signed with the New York Jets for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in 2006. 

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Kliff Kingsbury’s CFL Career

Kingsbury also entered the Canadian Football League. Signing his contract with the Montreal Alouettes, he spent 3 months in the training camp from March 2007. Soon, he got traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in June.

Kliff Kingsbury: Coaching Career

The Beginning

Shortly after playing for the NFL and CFL in 2007, Kingsbury worked as a quality control staff in August 2008 at the University of Houston.

Furthermore, his contribution towards strengthening the offense of the Houston team received a lot of recognition.

This led to Kingsbury’s promotion to coach the quarterback’s in the team along with being the co-offensive coordinator of the team.

Showing off his skills, he became the Offensive Coordinator of the team in 2011. His guidance led the Houston University team to a better performance in the 2011 season. 

After the short run of polishing his skills, he transferred to Texas A&M, his former university, and became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2012 season.

Similarly, he led the team to the top 15 of the NCAA statistics and led the Southeastern Conference. Consequently, Kingsbury scored himself the title of the Offensive Coordinator of the Year.

As a Head Coach

All of this experience and recognition led him to where he is now. With the departure of the former coach of Texas Tech, Tommy Tuberville, Kingsbury took the position.

Kingsbury was officially appointed as the full-time head coach at Texas Tech on December 12th, 2012. He proved his worth by becoming the second-youngest head coach in the AQ Conference.

Similarly, he signed a contract with the Texas tech team for 5 years giving him full control of the team.


Kingsbury made his official coaching debut with the Red Raiders on August 30th, 2013, against SMU Mustangs.

Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to victory with a score of 43-23, marking them a spot in the Top 25 debut by the Associated Press.

This victory helped him with a better contract and a salary raise of $200k, making his net worth 5.5 million dollars

However, the Red Raiders lost 3 consecutive seasons, which led to the departure of Kingsbury from the Red Raiders. On November 25th, 2018, his departure was made official. 

Kliff Kingsbury and Arizona Cardinals

Soon after Kingsbury’s departure from Texas Tech, a new team was rumored to hire him. USC hired him for the position of the new offensive coordinator.

However, due to clashes between Kingsbury and USC athletic director, Kingsbury left. There were anticipations for Kingsbury to join another NFL team for the new season. 

After several interviews, the news broke out that the Arizona Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury as the new head coach on October 6th in 2019. He won the season against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Kliff Kingsbury Fired From Arizona Cardinals?

2020 has been a rough year for everyone, including the infamous coach, Kliff Kingsbury. The Arizona Cardinals coach had a rough time coaching the Arizona Cardinals.

Some of his play-calling and decision-making has stirred some serious criticism from the fans and the team.

Kingsbury has brought some improvement to the team since he joined. He brought a losing team of 3-13 records to a 5-10.

However, the criticisms regarding the coach increased after the Cardinals finished the season with a score of 8-8, missing the NFL playoffs.

The recent loss has made the fans furious at the head coach. With the growing criticism against Kingsbury, the fans demand firing Kingsbury as the head coach.

Finally, with the new year, 2021 has brought us the answer. The arrival of the Arizona Cardinals’ letter to Kingsbury seems pretty clear what the team wants.

Firstly, the letter states that the team is not satisfied with the coach and his time management skills. The team sounds disappointed in the coach for the way things have been.

“Time’s up and there’s no going back! We (as an organization) have to admit that we’re wrong once again, this time in the head coaching aspect, and it’s time to start anew.”

In conclusion, the team is no longer taking any excuses from the coach and wants a capable head coach for their team. Arizona Cardinals are finally standing up for themselves and not risking their careers any longer.

Kliff Kingsbury and his Relationships

Kingsbury is a pretty secretive person and admits he likes to keep his relationships private. However, there are a few relationships that have made it to the media and the fans. 

In January 2019, there were rumors that the American football coach was dating a sports host.

It was revealed at the beginning of 2019 that the football coach was dating the FOX sports host, Holly Sonders. However, Kingsbury and Sonders split by the end of the year. 

However, the head coach is rumored to be seeing an Instagram model named Renee Estella.

Kingsbury’s Net Worth

After signing the deal with the Texas Tech University team, Red Raiders, Kingsbury’s net worth was estimated to be $5.5 million in 2018. 

As per the recent financial reports, Kliff Kingsbury’s net worth was at an estimate of around $15 million at the end of 2020.

His current contract with the NFL franchise Arizona Cardinals is worth $10.5 million. Kingsbury has recently bought himself a mansion worth $4.45 million. 

Social Media

Kliff Kingsbury is active on his Twitter @KliffKingsbury with 128.4K followers.

Kingsbury also has an Instagram account @kliffkingsbury with 59.9k followers. Although he is not as active on Instagram, he posts some of his highlights on his Instagram.


Who is Kliff Kingsbury?

Kliff Kingsbury was a former NFL player and is now the current head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, a franchise of the NFL.

How old is Kliff Kingsbury?

Born on August 9th, 1979, Kingsbury is currently 41 years old.

What are Kingsbury’s achievements?

Kingsbury received Sammy Baugh Trophy in 2002 and was named the second-youngest head coach in college football.

Does Kliff Kingsbury have any siblings?

Yes, Kliff Kingsbury has a younger brother, Klint Kingsbury. He currently owns a company that manufactures archery products known as Tactical Archery Systems.

Is Kliff Kingsbury single?

Kliff Kingsbury split up with his girlfriend, Holly Sonders in 2019. Now, the coach is currently dating an Instagram model named Renee Estella.

Is Kingsbury getting fired as the Arizona Cardinals coach?

Kingsbury is being criticized a lot for his loss in the finals. There are many rumors surrounding him being fired. However, he is not officially fired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Who will be replacing Kingsbury in Arizona Cardinals?

There are rumors that Eric Bieniemy is to replace Kingsbury.

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