Bennie Blades
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Bennie Blades honored GridIron Greats Hall of Fame Sept. 2015
No. 36
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1966-09-03) September 3, 1966 (age 55)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Sunrise (FL) Piper
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:136
Games started:134
Tackles:772
Interceptions:14
Fumbles recovered:11
Player stats at PFR

Horatio Benedict "Bennie" Blades Sr. (born September 3, 1966) is a former American football cornerback and safety in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami.

College career

Blades played a big part in the University of Miami's winning the 1987 NCAA National Championship. He also won the Jim Thorpe Award in that year and, in 2006, was named to the College Football Hall of Fame for his play at the University of Miami. He shares the University of Miami single season interception record with fellow Miami Hurricane Sean Taylor.

During his play at Miami he and the defensive secondary were nicknamed "Bennie and the Jets," (in reference of the Elton John song of the same name) for their speed, power, ability & stand-out defensive play. He is also remembered for taunting and intimidating opposing players.

Blades was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009 on ESPN.

Professional career

Following his graduation from the University of Miami, Blades entered the 1988 NFL Draft and spent ten seasons in the NFL. He played for the Detroit Lions from 1988–1996 and the 1997 season with the Seattle Seahawks, teaming up with his older brother, wide receiver Brian Blades, who also played collegiate football at the University of Miami.

During his time with the Lions, Blades was considered one of the most physical defensive backs in the NFL, even playing as a linebacker in certain passing situations toward the end of his career. Blades is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive backs in Lions' history.

The Lions selected Blades with the third overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft, and he went on to earn NFL All-Rookie honors for the 1988 season. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1991 - in addition to receiving First-Team All-NFL and First-team All-NFC honors. He was the Lions’ Defensive MVP in 1992 and led the team with 78 tackles in 1996.[1] He had two 100-tackle seasons in is first two seasons in Detroit.

An underrated professional player, Blades was a key component to the Lions’ defense that helped the team claim two NFC Central titles, and a berth in the 1991 NFC Championship game. He was a defensive captain for five years in Detroit and his 815 career tackles place him second on the Lions’ all-time list.

Interception Stats Defense Stats
Year Team Games INTs Yards TD FF FR Yards TD Sacks Tackles Safety
1988 Detroit Lions 15 2 12 0 3 4 22 0 1.0 102 0
1989 Detroit Lions 16 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0.0 100 0
1990 Detroit Lions 12 2 25 0 1 1 0 0 1.0 83 0
1991 Detroit Lions 16 1 14 0 2 3 21 0 0.0 93 0
1992 Detroit Lions 16 3 56 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 95 0
1993 Detroit Lions 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 23 0
1994 Detroit Lions 16 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1.0 71 0
1995 Detroit Lions 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 69 1
1996 Detroit Lions 15 2 112 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 78 0
1997 Seattle Seahawks 10 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 58 0
Totals 136 14 230 1 9 11 43 0 5.0 772 1

Personal life

Blades' has a blended family of 8 children: (3) boys Horatio (H.B.), Jaylen and Tylan; (5) girls Elice, Ashley, Amber, Bianca and Alyssa.

Each being a vital part of his life and success. Horatio (H.B.) also played in the NFL for 5 seasons.

He has been supported by his wife, Linda Blades throughout his post NFL career.

Blades was honored September 25, 2015 at a GridIron Greats inductee.[2]

References

  1. ^ "1996 Detroit Lions Statistics & Players | Pro-Football-Reference.com".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)