Frank Beltre
Beltre before a Toronto Argonauts game in 2018.
Ottawa Redblacks
Position:Defensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-28) January 28, 1990 (age 31)
Azua, Dominican Republic
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Randolph (NJ)
College:Towson
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (2014)
  • 2× All-CAA First Team (2011, 2012)
  • 2× CAA champion (2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Frank Beltre-Montilla (born January 28, 1990)[1] is a Dominican-born football defensive lineman for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Towson University. He has also been a member of the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

Early years

Beltre was born on January 28, 1990 in Azua, Dominican Republic. He played baseball growing up in the Dominican Republic and stopped after he moved to New Jersey at the age of eleven. He started to play football as a freshman and played defensive end and running back at Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey, earning all-conference honors his senior year.[2][3] He also ran track and field for the Rams. He was a member of the school record-setting 4 × 100 metres relay team and the 4 × 200 metres relay team.[4] Beltre graduated from Randolph in 2008.[5]

College career

Beltre played for the Towson Tigers from 2009 to 2012. He redshirted in 2008. He appeared in 45 games, starting 40 of them. He was named first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association his final two seasons, third-team all-Colonial Athletic Association as a sophomore and the Tigers’ special teams player of the year as in 2009. Beltre recorded 232 total tackles, including 38 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his college career.[2]

Professional career

Beltre was signed by the NFL's San Diego Chargers on April 27, 2013 after going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was released by the Chargers on August 31, 2013.[6] He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL on January 12, 2014. Beltre was released by the Raiders on May 19, 2014.[6]

He was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL on September 10, 2014.[2] He played defensive lineman for the Stampeders from 2014 to 2016.[7]

On January 14, 2017, Beltre signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets.[8] On September 2, 2017, Beltre was waived by the Jets and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[9][10] He was released on September 8, 2017.

Beltre signed with the Toronto Argonauts on May 18, 2018. Beltre excelled on special teams, recording the most special teams tackles in 2019, with 27. A week before the season ended, teammate Chris Rainey was named the Toronto nominee for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, but Rainey stated his belief that Beltre was more deserving.[11]

With the 2020 CFL season cancelled, Beltre did not play in 2020. He signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Redblacks on May 20, 2021.[12] He was placed on the suspended list on July 9, 2021,[13] and activated six days later.[14] On September 22, 2021 Beltre was added to the six-game injured reserve list due to hip and thumb injuries.[15]

Broadcasting

Beltre served as colour commentator for ESPN Latin America's Spanish-language broadcast of the 106th Grey Cup.[16][17]

References

  1. ^ "Frank Beltre". rostermon.com. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Frank Beltre". stampeders.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Frank Beltre brings raw talent to edge from Dominican Republic to Calgary Stampeders". calgarysun.com. September 17, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Frank Beltre". towsontigers.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "And now, Randolph High's Class of 2008". newjerseyhills.com. July 16, 2008. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ a b "Frank Beltre". kffl.com. Archived from the original on December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "FRANK BELTRE". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (January 14, 2017). "Jets Sign OLB Beltre". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Lange, Randy (September 2, 2017). "Jets Reduce to 53 with 23 Player Moves". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 3, 2017). "Jets Sign Four to Practice Squad". NewYorkJets.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Veteran Rainey would have voted for Beltre as Argonauts' top special teamer".
  12. ^ "Redblacks ink DL Frank Beltre, release Global LB Gomes". Canadian Football League. May 20, 2021.
  13. ^ "2021 CFL Transactions". CFL.ca. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "Redblacks remove Beltre, Omara from suspended list". CFL.ca. July 15, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  15. ^ "Redblacks add defensive end Frank Beltre to six-game injured list | 3DownNation". Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  16. ^ "Watch: CFL commissioner wants to bring the game to Mexico". National Post. 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  17. ^ "CFL now targeting 2020 for games in Mexico". TSN. 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2018-11-26.