Jeff Blake

Jeff Bertrand Coleman Blake (born December 4, 1970) 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 in 1995, 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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Personal information
Born:December 4, 1970 (age 48)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Seminole (Sanford, Florida)
College:East Carolina
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 6 / Pick: 166
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:78.0
Player stats at


College career

Blake finished sixth 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.

  • 1990: 116/219 for 1,510 yards with 13 TD vs. 10 INT. 118 carries for 414 yards with 4 TD.[1]
  • 1991: 203/368 for 3,073 yards with 28 TD vs. 8 INT. 77 carries for 109 yards with 3 TD.

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 11 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. 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,[2] 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 fourteen-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.

Personal life

Blake is divorced with four children - 2 boys and 2 girls. His oldest son Emory was a receiver for the St. Louis Rams and a former Auburn wideout who played a major role in Auburn's 2010 BCS National Championship season. Blake is the brother-in-law of former Dallas Cowboys' linebacker Robert Jones. Blake is also the uncle of Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Zay Jones, whom the Bills traded up for and selected 37th overall, in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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1991 New York Jets season

The 1991 New York Jets season was the 32nd season for the team and the 22nd in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 6–10 record from 1990 under head coach Bruce Coslet. The Jets finished the season with a record of 8–8, qualifying for a playoff berth in the last game of the season. They were defeated in the Wild Card round by the Houston Oilers by a score of 17–10.

In 2004, Football Outsiders Mike Tanier named the 1991 New York Jets as one of the “worst playoff teams ever”:

Bruce Coslet's Jets really had no business in the postseason. They started the season 1–3 and ended it 1–3. In between, they had some big wins, like a 41–23 victory over the Dolphins, but they also gave the Colts their only win of the year. [Quarterback] Ken O'Brien threw for 3,300 yards but just 10 touchdowns, as he displayed a knack for the redzone interception. At 7–8, they faced an 8–7 Dolphins team with a Wild Card bid on the line. As fate would have it, the Jets would walk away with a 23–20 overtime victory and a postseason birth [sic]. They would lose to the Oilers, 17–10, in the Wild Card round.

That Jets team had a lot of young talent, including Blair Thomas, Mo Lewis, Rob Moore, and Terance Mathis. They would add Jeff Blake and Johnnie Mitchell [sic] the following year. Unfortunately, that team also had Coslet. The Jets went 4–12 [in 1992], then 8–8 [in 1993], then switched to Pete Caroll [sic] [in 1994], then (ugh) Rich Kotite [in 1995]. Thomas and Mitchell never developed. Moore, Mathis and Blake would have their best seasons elsewhere. This wasn't a team going places; it was a team that tripped into the playoffs by accident.

1994 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1994 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 27th year in professional football and its 25th with the National Football League.

On October 2 history was made at Riverfront Stadium, when Dave Shula and the Bengals faced father Don Shula's Miami Dolphins in the first father-son coaching match up in NFL history. The elder Shula would emerge victorious 23–7, as the Bengals were in the midst of a 0–8 start for the third time in four years.

The Bengals would go on to complete another miserable 3–13 season (their third in four years), as Jeff Blake become the new Quarterback of the future, bringing the David Klingler era to a crashing end.

1994 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1994 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 62nd in the National Football League (NFL). On May 6, 1994, the NFL approved the transfer of majority interest in the club from Norman Braman to Jeffrey Lurie. The team failed to improve upon their previous output of 8–8, winning only seven games and failing to qualify for the playoffs.

Rich Kotite's fate as Eagles head coach was sealed after a seven-game losing streak to end the season knocked Philly from the top of the NFC at 7–2 all the way to fourth place in the Eastern Division. One key injury was the season-ending broken leg suffered by linebacker Byron Evans, who was lost in game #10 against Cleveland.

The epitome of this collapse came on Christmas Eve at Cincinnati, when the 2–13 Bengals scored six points in the final seconds – thanks in part to the recovery of a fumbled kick return – to steal a win.

The high point of the '94 season occurred on October 2 at Candlestick Park, when the Eagles steamrolled the eventual Super Bowl winning 49ers by a 40–8 count.

1995 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1995 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 28th year in professional football and its 26th with the National Football League.

With Jeff Blake firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, the Bengals won their first two games. However, the Bengals would lose their next two, heading into a rematch with Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins, in which the Bengals also lost, 26–23. The Bengals went on to play fairly well the rest of the season, but could not avoid their fifth straight losing season, ending with a 7–9 win-loss record.

One of the season’s biggest disappointments was running back Ki-Jana Carter who the Bengals took with first overall pick out of Penn State. Carter would suffer a knee injury in training camp forcing him to miss his entire rookie season. He would never fully recover, in an injury plagued career.

1996 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1996 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 29th year in professional football and its 27th with the National Football League. The Dave Shula era comes to a sudden end when he is fired after a 1–6 start, as Jeff Blake struggles with turnovers. Former Bengals TE Bruce Coslet, former New York Jets head coach, and the team's offensive coordinator, would replace Shula as head coach. The move paid off right away as the Bengals won the first 3 games under Coslet. After losing two of their next three games, the Bengals closed the year with three straight wins to finish with an 8–8 record. One bright spot during the season, was that WR Carl Pickens became the first member of the Bengals to have 100 receptions in a season.

1997 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1997 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 30th year in professional football and its 28th with the National Football League. After winning the first game of the season, the Bengals lost their next seven games, to effectively end their playoff hopes. The struggles cost Jeff Blake his starting quarterback job, as former Bengal starting quarterback Boomer Esiason, who was reacquired in the off-season, came back in to lead the Bengals. With Esiason back under center the Bengals started to win as he connected on 13 touchdown passes, while giving up two interceptions. Under Esiason the Bengals won six of their final eight games, to finish with a 7–9 record. Just as the Bengals were ready to give Esiason the job full-time, he got a lucrative offer from ABC-TV to do games on Monday Night Football. Since he would earn more money on ABC he decided to retire. Running back Corey Dillon set a rookie rushing record (since broken) for most yards in a game. On December 4, 1997, Dillon rushed for 246 yards in a game versus the Tennessee Oilers.For the season, the Bengals sported new uniforms and a new logo. They would remain until 2003. The new tiger head logo remains in use today.

1999 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1999 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 32nd year in professional football and its 30th with the National Football League. In what would be the final season of pro football being played at Riverfront Stadium, then known as Cinergy Field, the Bengals struggled out of the gates again losing 10 of their first 11 games. After winning two straight, the Bengals faced the expansion Cleveland Browns in the final game at Riverfront Stadium. The Bengals would win the game 44–28 before losing their final two games to finish with a 4–12 record.

2000 New Orleans Saints season

The 2000 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League and the 25th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints were looking to improve on their 3–13 finish from a year earlier under new head coach Jim Haslett. Not only did the Saints do so, but they finished with a 10–6 record to win the NFC West and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. They also won their first ever playoff game in franchise history by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the Wild Card round. The Saints went no further, though, as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the next round.

This was the only time the Saints made the playoffs under Haslett. For the next four seasons, the Saints fell out of contention. They would not return to the playoffs until 2006.

New wide receiver Joe Horn, quickly emerged as a star, catching 94 passes for 1,340 and 9 touchdowns, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl after the season.

2003 Detroit Lions season

The 2003 Detroit Lions season was the 74th season in franchise history.

Prior to the season, the Lions hired Steve Mariucci, who was well known for his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, as their head coach. He spent two and a half seasons with the Lions until his firing in November 2005.

The season saw the team draft Charles Rogers with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. However, on-and-off the field issues, and later injuries, interrupted his career. He was released by the Lions in 2006, and immediately went out of the NFL. Much like quarterback Ryan Leaf, Rogers remains one of the biggest draft busts in the contemporary NFL.

David Klingler

David Ryan Klingler (born February 17, 1969) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals after a record setting career at the University of Houston, but is considered a bust for his lackluster NFL career. Klingler attended Stratford High School in Houston. Klingler is now an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary.

East Carolina Pirates football statistical leaders

The East Carolina Pirates football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the East Carolina Pirates football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Pirates represent East Carolina University in the NCAA's American Athletic Conference.

East Carolina began competing in intercollegiate football in 1932. However, these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1932, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Pirates have played in eight bowl games since then, allowing players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

The recent decade has seen two players set NCAA records: Justin Hardy, who caught 387 passes, more than anyone in all of college football ever had, until fellow Pirate Zay Jones broke the record in 2016. Jones also set the NCAA single-season record with 158 receptions, which is more than all but 2 other East Carolina receivers have ever had in their whole careers.The 2015 East Carolina Football Media Guide does not list a top 10 in all statistics, sometimes only listing a leader. These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

List of Baltimore Ravens starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start as quarterback for the Ravens.

List of Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Bengals.

List of East Carolina Pirates in the NFL Draft

This is a list of East Carolina Pirates in the NFL Draft. East Carolina University began playing organized American football in 1932 and has had many players go on to play professionally after graduating from the university. The school's first-ever selection was Roger Thrift, a quarterback, who was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL Draft. The team's selection in the most recent draft, the 2017 NFL Draft, was wide receiver Zay Jones who was selected by the Buffalo Bills.

Every April, each National Football League (NFL) franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting" but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Generally, the team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl). See NFL Draft Rules for further detail. Selections are made during seven different rounds.

Teams have the option of trading their picks to other teams in exchange for different picks, players, money, or a combination thereof. It is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades. Of the players selected in each draft and throughout its history, East Carolina has had 63 players picked.The Pirates have had two first round selections in the NFL Draft; linebacker Robert Jones was picked #24 overall in the 1992 by the Dallas Cowboys,and running back Chris Johnson was also picked #24 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Pirates have had six players drafted by the New York Giants and five by the Dallas Cowboys and four by the Minnesota Vikings during the school's history. East Carolina most productive year was 1984, when the school had eight players selected in the draft.

Seven former Pirates: Zack Valentine (XIV), Earnest Byner (XXVI), Robert Jones (XXX), Guy Whimper (XLII), C.J. Wilson (Super Bowl XLV), Vonta Leach (Super Bowl XLVII), and John Jett (XXVII, XXX) have won Super Bowls with their respective teams. Five Pirates also have been elected to the Pro Bowl: Tony Collins (1983), Earnest Byner, (1990) and (1991), Jeff Blake, (1995), Rod Coleman (2005) and Chris Johnson (2008), (2009) and (2010).

List of black NFL quarterbacks

This list of black NFL quarterbacks includes black and African-American gridiron football players who have played the quarterback position in a regular-season or post-season game in the National Football League (NFL). The quarterback is the leader of a team's offense, directing other players on the field. Historically, black players have been excluded from playing quarterback in the NFL because of the belief that white players would not follow their leadership, or the perception that black quarterbacks lack intelligence, dependability, composure, character, or charisma. Promising black quarterbacks at the high school and college levels were often transitioned at the professional level to other positions, such as running back or wide receiver. Although a ban on black players in the NFL ended in 1946, the quarterback position was among the last to be de facto desegregated.Although black quarterbacks and other quarterbacks of color vary in physical size and playing style, racial stereotyping persists. A 2015 study found that even when controlling for various factors, black quarterbacks are twice as likely to be "benched", or removed from play, than white quarterbacks. Other studies have found that sports broadcasters are more likely to attribute a black quarterback's success to superior athletic skill and a white quarterback's success to superior intellect.It was not until 2017 that all 32 Super Bowl-era NFL teams had started at least one black quarterback. That year, nearly 70% of NFL players, but only 25% of starting quarterbacks, were black. In 2018, a school superintendent in Texas received national attention when, following a loss by a team led by a black quarterback, he publicly wrote, "When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback." The following year, a physically smaller-than-average black quarterback became the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Paul Justin

Paul Donald Justin (born May 19, 1968) is a former quarterback in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and the St. Louis Rams. Prior to his time in the NFL, he was the starting quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football. He played college football at Arizona State University.

Scott Mitchell (quarterback)

William Scott Mitchell (born January 2, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for 12 seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, and also the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football. Mitchell played college football for the University of Utah.

Stoney Case

Stoney Jarrod Case (born July 7, 1972) is a former quarterback for three teams in the National Football League and three teams in the Arena Football League.

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