Center back who debuted professionally for Feyenoord in 2009 and became a member of the Netherlands national team in 2012.
He was raised in South Holland and first played soccer competitively for the local team vv Spirit.
He played for the Netherlands U16, U17, U19 and U21 teams before receiving his call-up to the senior international squad.
His father Jan de Vrij played for vv Spirit as well.
He joined fellow center back Ron Vlaar on the Dutch national team in 2012.