Bradlee Anae
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-17) January 17, 1998 (age 26)
Laie, Hawaii, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Kahuku
(Laie, Hawaii)
College:Utah (2016–2019)
Position:Defensive end
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 5 / Pick: 179
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Bradlee Joseph Ioane Anae (/əˈn/ ə-NY; born January 17, 1998) is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He played college football at Utah.

Early years

Anae grew up in Laie, Hawaii and attended Kahuku High & Intermediate School, where he was a member of the basketball, football, and track teams.[1] As a senior, he contributed to the school earning a 13-0 record and winning the Division 1 state title. He received All-state and second-team All-USA Hawaii honors.

Rated a three-star recruit, Anae committed to play college football at the University of Utah over offers from Vanderbilt and BYU.[2] He followed his older sister Adora, who was a volleyball scholar athlete at the school.

College career

Anae played in six games for Utah as a true freshman defensive end backup, recording four tackles and two sacks.[3] He started 9 games at right defensive end and one at defensive tackle for the Utes during his sophomore year, registering 39 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles, with a team-leading 7.0 sacks and tying for the team lead with 10.0 tackles for loss.[4]

As a junior, he started all 14 games (the last 11 at right defensive end). He led the Pac-12 Conference with 8.0 sacks and finished third in the conference with 15.5 tackles for loss along with 51 total tackles (fifth on the team), three passes broken up, 2 forced fumbles and was named first-team All-Pac-12.[5] He considered entering the 2019 NFL Draft, but ultimately decided to return for his senior season.[6]

As a senior, he started all 14 games at left defensive end and was part of a stout defensive unit that saw 6 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Anae was named preseason first-team All-Pac-12 and to the Bednarik Award watch list going into his senior year.[7] He tied the Utah career sack record with 29.5 after posting 1.5 sacks against Colorado on November 30, 2019.[8] Anae broke the career sack record in the 2019 Alamo Bowl, the final game of his career, with a half sack against the University of Texas.[9] Anae finished his senior season with 14 starts, 41 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 14.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble, while being named first-team All-Pac-12, consensus All-American selection, received the Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award.[10][11] He also participated in the 2020 Senior Bowl, where he had 3 sacks and received defensive MVP honors.

He finished his college career with 38 starts out of 47 games, 30 sacks (school record), 210 sack yards (school record), 41.5 tackles for loss (fourth in school history), 245 tackle for loss yards (school record) and 6 forced fumbles (tied for eighth in school history).

College statistics

Defense
Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Sacks FF PD
2016 Utah 3 4 2.0 2.0 0 0
2017 Utah 12 39 10.0 7.0 3 0
2018 Utah 12 47 14.0 7.5 1 3
2019 Utah 12 41 14.0 13.0 1 0
Total 39 131 40.0 29.5 5 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+38 in
(1.91 m)
257 lb
(117 kg)
32+18 in
(0.82 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.93 s 1.68 s 2.83 s 4.43 s 7.44 s 31.0 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12][13]

Dallas Cowboys

Anae was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round with the 179th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, after dropping because he didn't test well at the NFL Scouting Combine.[14] As a rookie, he appeared in the first six games with minimum playing opportunities. After defensive end Randy Gregory returned from his suspension, Anae was declared inactive in nine of the last 10 contests. It was later reported in the media, that the team's defensive end depth and his struggles against the run were the reasons for his lack of playing time. He played mainly on special teams and had one defensive tackle.

On September 24, 2021, he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. On October 6, 2021, he was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. On November 2, 2021, Anae was waived after committing a defensive offsides penalty on fourth-and-5 in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, that kept a drive alive. On November 4, 2021, he was re-signed to the practice squad.[15] He appeared in 4 games as a backup defensive end, making 2 defensive tackles.

New York Jets

On January 19, 2022, Anae signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets.[16] He was waived on August 30, 2022 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[17][18] He was promoted to the active roster on January 7, 2023.[19] He was placed on injured reserve on May 25, 2023.[20]

Personal life

Anae's father, Brad Anae, played college football at BYU and was an honorable mention All-American in 1980 and a third-team All-America selection in 1981 and played three seasons in the United States Football League. His two uncles, Matt and Robert Anae, also played at BYU and Robert is currently the offensive coordinator at Syracuse University.[21]

References

  1. ^ Olson, Max (August 6, 2019). "Bradlee Anae pets sharks, jumps off cliffs and makes Utah something to fear". The Athletic. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Stark, Alex (February 3, 2016). "Signing Day Commit No. 2: DE Bradlee Anae". BlockU.com. SB Nation. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Utah football: When it comes to the defensive line, Utes are in the deep end". Salt Lake Tribune.
  4. ^ Gunther, Kyle (January 30, 2018). "Bradlee Anae is the most important defensive player for the Utes in 2018". ESPN700Sports.com. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "NFL teams would have drafted Ute defensive linemen Bradlee Anae". Salt Lake Tribune.
  6. ^ "Why Utah's Bradlee Anae and Leki Fotu are returning for their senior seasons". Deseret News. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Mauss, Jeremy (July 26, 2019). "Utah's Bradlee Anae Did Not Say That Offensive Quote About BYU". KSL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "New co-mayor of Sack Lake City: Bradlee Anae ties Utah sack record in win over Colorado". Deseret News. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Genessy, Jody (December 31, 2019). "Bradlee Anae gives Utes one positive to remember about the Alamo Bowl, becomes all-time sacks leader". Deseret News. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Kragthorpe, Kurt (December 19, 2019). "Utah's Bradlee Anae clinches consensus All-America status and the Utes land their highest-ranked recruit". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Kostecka, Ryan (December 11, 2019). "Anae wins Morris Trophy for top Pac-12 defensive lineman". SI.com. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bradlee Anae Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  13. ^ "2020 NFL Draft Scout Bradlee Anae College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved December 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Gehlken, Michael (April 25, 2020). "The Cowboys drafted Bradlee Anae late, and a disappointing 40-yard dash might be the culprit". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Cowboys roster move: Dallas waives defensive end Bradlee Anae after playing 11 games with team". Blogging the Boys. SB Nation. November 2, 2021.
  16. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (January 19, 2022). "Jets Sign DL Bradlee Anae to Reserve/Future Contract". NewYorkJets.com.
  17. ^ Lange, Randy; Greenberg, Ethan (August 30, 2022). "Final Cuts: Jets Move 27 Players to Trim Roster to NFL's 53-Man Limit". NewYorkJets.com.
  18. ^ Lange, Randy (August 31, 2022). "Jets Sign 13 Players to Practice Squad". NewYorkJets.com.
  19. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (January 7, 2023). "Jets Place 5 on Injured Reserve, Sign 5 to Active Roster for Season Finale vs. Dolphins". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on January 10, 2023. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  20. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (May 25, 2023). "Jets Sign WR Jerome Kapp". NewYorkJets.com.
  21. ^ Furlong, Josh (August 26, 2019). "Amid a family pedigree of Cougars, Utah's Bradlee Anae ready to leave his mark". KSL.com. Retrieved May 1, 2020.