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Jeff Blake
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
8, 11, 18
Born December 4, 1970 (1970-12-04) (age 39)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Career information
Year(s) 19922005
NFL Draft 1992 / Round: 6 / Pick: 166
College East Carolina
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 134-99
Yards 21,711
QB Rating 78.0
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Jeff Bertrand Coleman Blake (born December 4, 1970 in Daytona Beach, Florida) is a retired American football quarterback who played in the National Football League. Although he finished his career with the Chicago Bears, he was formerly a quarterback for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Jets out of East Carolina University. His only Pro Bowl appearance came with the Bengals, when he was selected for the AFC team. In that contest, Blake threw a Pro Bowl record-long 92-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen.

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College career

Blake finished seventh in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting, while leading East Carolina to an 11–1 record and the #9 ranking at season's end. He was inducted into the East Carolina Hall of Fame in 2007.

Professional career

Blake's best seasons came with Cincinnati in the mid-to-late 1990s (when he was often referred to as "Shake-N-Blake" by local media and fans); he established great rapport with Bengal receivers Carl Pickens and Darnay Scott, helping the former vie for the receiving title in 1995.

Blake left the Bengals after the 1999 season. He signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. Blake started several games at quarterback before breaking his foot late in the 2000 season and being replaced by Aaron Brooks.

Blake left the Saints after the 2001 season. He started 11 games for the Ravens in 2002 and 13 games for the Cardinals in 2003, but neither team expressed interest in signing him to a long-term contract.

Blake was signed by the Chicago Bears before the 2005 NFL season to replace back-up quarterback Chad Hutchinson. Following an injury to the Bears' starting quarterback, Rex Grossman, coach Lovie Smith opted to select rookie Kyle Orton to fill the slot as opposed to Blake. During the last game of the regular NFL season, Blake was put in to replace Kyle Orton during the fourth quarter, completing eight of nine passes.

Despite stating that he wished to continue playing for the Bears and work with Grossman,[1] the Bears did not express any interest in re-signing Blake. His contract with the team expired before the start of the 2006 NFL Season. His position was filled by Kyle Orton, who was demoted after the Bears signed Brian Griese to serve as Grossman's back-up. At the conclusion of his thirteen-year career, Blake amassed 21,711 passing yards, with 134 touchdown passes, and 99 interceptions. A mobile quarterback, Blake ran for 2,027 career rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He made 100 career starts.

Post Athletic Career

Blake was an executive in the athlete services division at Triton Financial in Austin, TX. On December 31, 2009, he was sued for securities fraud. [1]

Trivia

  • Blake is the brother-in-law of former Dallas Cowboys' linebacker Robert Jones.
  • Blake was also a Heisman Memorial Trophy Award nominee in 1991, finishing seventh in the voting.
  • He is married with four children.
  • His son Emory Blake is a receiver for Auburn.
  • Blake won the first ever MVP Award for the MTV's Rock N Jock Football Challenge. He thanked Doritos (the sponsor of the game) for his MVP.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Klingler
Cincinnati Bengals Starting Quarterbacks
1994-1997
Succeeded by
Neil O'Donnell
Preceded by
Neil O'Donnell
Cincinnati Bengals Starting Quarterbacks
1999
Succeeded by
Akili Smith
Preceded by
Billy Joe Tolliver
New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterbacks
2000
Succeeded by
Aaron Brooks
Preceded by
Chris Redman
Baltimore Ravens Starting Quarterbacks
2002
Succeeded by
Kyle Boller
Preceded by
Jake Plummer
Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterbacks
2003
Succeeded by
Josh McCown

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