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H. B. Blades

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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-30) September 30, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Career information
High school: Plantation (FL)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 179
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles: 139
Sacks: 0.0
PDs: 1
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Horatio Benedict "H.B." Blades, Jr. (born September 30, 1984) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played college football at Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early years

Blades attended Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida where he set school records for tackles in a career (409), season (154), and game (21).

College career

Blades became only the fifth player in school history to record over 400 career tackles. He started and played in 12 games during his senior season at Pittsburgh where he was a First-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a First-team All-Big East for the third time. He recorded a career-high 147 tackles (86 solo), 10.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two blocked field goals as a senior.

Professional career

Washington Redskins

Blades was drafted in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. In his rookie season, he played mostly special teams and recorded 21 tackles. In 2008 he played 16 games with 5 starts and recorded 60 tackles for the Redskins.

Blades was re-signed on August 1, 2011.[1] On September 3, the Redskins cut Blades just before the start of the 2011 season.


Blades is the son of retired Pro Bowl defensive back, Bennie Blades. He is also the nephew of retired Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Brian Blades, and the late San Francisco 49ers safety, Al Blades.[2] He is currently an assistant football coach at Indian Land High School in Indian Land, South Carolina.


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (August 1, 2011). "Redskins Sign Blades, 11 Undrafted Rookies". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ Richman, Michael (July 8, 2010). "Blades Contributes In the Clutch". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 

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