|No. 51 – Indianapolis Colts|
|Born:||November 19, 1998|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, Rhode Island)|
|NFL Draft:||2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Kwity Paye (/ / KWIT-ee PAY; born November 19, 1998) is an American football defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Of Liberian heritage, he was born in Guinea as a refugee of the First Liberian Civil War and emigrated to the United States as a baby. Paye played college football at Michigan and was drafted by the Colts in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Paye was born on November 19, 1998, to a Liberian Krahn mother in a refugee camp in Guinea in the aftermath of the First Liberian Civil War. Named Kwity after his maternal grandfather, who was killed during the war, his mother brought him and his brother Komotay to Providence, Rhode Island in the United States when he was six months old.
He and his brother found an affinity for American football growing up there, with Kwity later attending Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. Playing running back and defensive end, he was named Rhode Island's Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a senior in 2016. Paye originally committed to play college football at Boston College, but later switched to the University of Michigan.
As a true freshman at Michigan in 2017, Paye played in nine games and had five tackles and one sack. As a sophomore in 2018, he started four games and recorded 29 tackles and two sacks. As a junior he started 11 games and finished with 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Paye returned to Michigan for his senior year in 2020 but only played in four games due to the season being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 2+1⁄2 in
|4.52 s||1.54 s||2.61 s||6.37 s||35+1⁄2 in
|9 ft 10 in
|All values from Michigan's Pro Day|
Paye was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (21st overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. He signed his four-year rookie contract on May 6, 2021.