- Bennie Blades
birthdate=birth date and age|1966|9|3
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
University of Miami
Pro Bowlselection (1991)
University of Miami
Blades played a big part in the
University of Miami's winning the 1987 NCAA National Championship. He also won the Jim Thorpe Awardin that year and, in 2006, was named to the College Football Hall of Famefor his play at the University of Miami.During his play at Miami he and the secondary defense he led were lovingly nicknamed "Bennie and the Jets," for their incredible speed, ability to anticipate what the opposing team's offense was going to do, and delivering such hard hits & spectacular plays that would leave you breathless. He was also very well known for taunting and intidmidating opposing players, but he was not the only one. This is a trait that the University of Miami Football Team will never live down, no matter how hard they try. A self proclaimed shy, quiet guy off the field, he has been quoted saying that he doesn't know what it is, but when he puts on that helmet, he wants to tear someone's head off.
Following his graduation from the University of Miami, Blades entered the
1988 NFL Draftand spent nine seasons in the NFL. He played for the Detroit Lionsfrom 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.
Blades' son is
Washington Redskins linebacker H. B. Blades.
Bennie Blades and his brother
Brian Bladesattended Piper High School (Florida)and played in the football program there.
Bennie Blades is now the Headmaster, Athletic Director and volunteer Football and Track Coach at Academy High School in Coral Springs, FL.
* [http://www.miamist.com/archives/2006/05/31/the_interview_bennie_blades.php "Bennie Blades: The Interview"] , "The Miamist", May 31, 2006.
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