|No. 56 – Kansas City Chiefs|
|Born:||April 3, 2001|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school:||West Lafayette (West Lafayette, Indiana)|
|NFL Draft:||2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
George Matthew Karlaftis (car-LOFT-is; born April 3, 2001) is a Greek-born American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Greece, he moved to the United States when he was 13. He was a multi-sport athlete as a youth, playing football, track and field, basketball, and water polo; the latter of which he played with the Greece national team. Karlaftis later played college football at Purdue before being drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Karlaftis was born on April 3, 2001, in Athens, Greece. His father Matthew, who grew up as an all-around athlete in Greece, earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Miami before pursuing a doctorate at Purdue University. His mother Amy, who had grown up near Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana, met Matthew as a freshman. While Amy spoke English to the couple's four children at home, they were otherwise brought up in Greek culture.
Matthew died of a heart attack while on a business trip in 2014 to deliver a speech at an engineering conference in Kos. Following his death, Amy moved herself and her children back to West Lafayette, where Karlaftis began attending West Lafayette High School. He had 41 sacks during his high school career. He played in the 2019 U.S. Army All-American Game, where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year. He also performed track and field for the school, including winning back-to-back state championships in shot put. He graduated early from high school and enrolled at Purdue in January 2019.
As a true freshman at Purdue in 2019, Karlaftis started all 12 games, recording 54 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He only played in three games as a sophomore in 2020 due to a positive COVID-19 result, finishing the year with four tackles and two sacks. Karlaftis declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following the 2021 season in which he recorded 4.5 sacks.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 3+3⁄4 in
|4.78 s||1.65 s||2.69 s||4.34 s||38.0 in
|10 ft 1 in
Karlaftis was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round (30th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Karlaftis was once a youth member of the Greece men's national water polo team. His father, Matthew, was a javelin thrower for the University of Miami's track and field team and also tried playing on their football team before suffering a severe skull injury during his first practice with them. His brother, Yanni, won a judo world championship while in Greece and joined Purdue's football team as a linebacker in 2021.
Karlaftis is a Christian.