Khalil Oliver Will Play Safety For the Buffalo Bills
Khalil Oliver caused shock waves to ripple through Oregon defensive backfield with his commitment to Missouri. A junior from Meridian, Idaho who could potentially win the Heisman, Oliver could play both safety and nose tackle.
Oliver first joined the Ducks program in 2014 and redshirted his initial year before starting in 2017’s inaugural game before suffering an ankle injury and returning home early from an out-of-town trip.
Early Life and Education
Khalil Dahir was born to Kamila and Selim Dahir in Beirut during the 1890s, raised within an environment which prioritized traditional Arab values over Western aesthetic culture.
At 12 years old, Kamila brought him to Boston where they settled into an Oliver Place tenement. A local priest took an interest in helping him learn English as well as introduce him to books.
Fred encouraged his artistic skills by using him as the subject of his photo-documentary. Fred made use of his large bright eyes and striking features which gave him an exotic yet soulful expression in his sketches.
His spinal implant gives him enhanced physical characteristics that enable him to become an adept hand-to-hand combatant and allow him to safely leap and jump several stories high, as exemplified when he leapt off of Pierce House’s rooftop.
Oliver has become a standout defensive force on Buffalo. After his performance against Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week – becoming only the fourth NFL player ever to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and safety all within one game – joining Cameron Wake, Khalil Mack and Justin Houston in this elite club.
Oliver’s teammates also recognize his impactful leadership and support as an integral component in their development. Oliver served as one of the pallbearers at Alex Ofodile’s funeral last summer, as well as acting as an invaluable source of advice and mentoring to young players at his position.
Oliver would love to remain playing football after reaching his final year of eligibility; however, if that does not materialize he is working toward earning his master’s in public health epidemiology.
Achievement and Honors
Khalil Oliver has received multiple honors and awards for his efforts in social justice work, such as BPI Chicago’s Champion of Public Interest Award and one from The Fortune Society. Additionally, he serves on multiple organizations’ boards of directors – such as Vera Institute of Justice and Common Justice.
He is an integral member of Lawrence University’s Ice Hockey team, serving as both its co-founder and captain. Additionally, he works as both tutor and academic peer advisor; boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA he will begin his second summer internship this coming up!
He is a leader among his teammates and particularly supportive to younger members at his position. He served as one of the pallbearers at one friend’s mother’s funeral and has found so much camaraderie at Columbia that was unexpected when signing up.
Khalil Oliver hails from Meridian, Idaho – not exactly known for its football culture – where his family could not afford private school and where Oliver gravitated toward science classes instead.
He attended Oregon and earned an undergraduate degree in general science with a minor in chemistry before enrolling in their public health master’s program to develop a versatile career plan if football wasn’t right for him.
Oliver fills a vital need for Missouri, which recently lost starting free safety Anthony Sherrils due to graduation and features a young defense with juniors Cam Hilton and Ronnell Perkins as key contributors. Oliver vies for playing time alongside senior safeties TJ Warren and Jordan Ulmer as well as sophomore nickel back/linebacker Tavon Ross; Oliver’s teammates feel fortunate he’s part of their locker room family.
Oliver is an impressive young hair stylist who possesses vast knowledge, professionalism and creativity beyond his years. He has amassed a significant fan following on TikTok with over 9 million followers; additionally he posts videos and pictures with his family on Instagram.
Oliver also plays for Bring Me The Horizon and owns clothing line Drop Dead Clothing, in addition to being featured in high-profile editorial shoots and receiving praise from fashion magazines for his talent in hair design. His skills have also earned him recognition through fashion magazines.
Football recruiting often resembles investing, with coaches searching for youth and athleticism to fill holes on their rosters. Oregon took a gamble on Oliver as their safety, so now he must prove himself worthy.