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{{short description|American football quarterback}}
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{{Other people2|Geoffrey Blake (disambiguation)}}
{{other people||Geoffrey Blake (disambiguation)}}
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{{Infobox NFL player
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{{Infobox NFL biography
 
 
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|position=[[Quarterback]]
 
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|birth_date={{birth date and age|1970|12|4}}
 
|birth_date={{birth date and age|1970|12|4}}
 
|birth_place=[[Daytona Beach, Florida]]
 
|birth_place=[[Daytona Beach, Florida]]
 
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|debutyear=1992
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|debutteam=New York Jets
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|finalteam=Chicago Bears
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|finalyear=2005
 
|draftyear=1992
 
|draftyear=1992
 
|draftround=6
 
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|draftpick=166
 
|draftpick=166
|high_school=[[Seminole High School (Seminole County, Florida)|Seminole]] ([[Sanford, Florida]])
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|college=[[East Carolina University|East Carolina]]
|college=[[East Carolina Pirates football|East Carolina]]
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* [[New York Jets]] ([[1992 NFL season|1992]]–[[1993 NFL season|1993]])
 
* [[New York Jets]] ([[1992 NFL season|1992]]–[[1993 NFL season|1993]])
 
* [[Cincinnati Bengals]] ([[1994 NFL season|1994]]–[[1999 NFL season|1999]])
 
* [[Cincinnati Bengals]] ([[1994 NFL season|1994]]–[[1999 NFL season|1999]])
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* [[Pro Bowl]] ([[1996 Pro Bowl|1995]])
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* [[Pro Bowl]] selection ([[1996 Pro Bowl|1995]])
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* NFC champion (2004)
 
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'''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 [[NFL Draft|drafted]] in the sixth round of the [[1992 NFL Draft]] by the Jets out of [[East Carolina University]].
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'''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 [[NFL Draft|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]].
 
His only [[Pro Bowl]] appearance came with the Bengals in [[1995 NFL season|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]].
 
   
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
   
 
===College career===
 
===College career===
Blake finished sixth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting, while leading East Carolina to an 11&ndash;1 record and the #9 ranking at season's end. He was inducted into the East Carolina Hall of Fame in 2007.
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Blake finished seventh in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting, while leading East Carolina to an 11&ndash;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.<ref>http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ecu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/06-mg-records141-168.pdf</ref>
 
*1990: 116/219 for 1,510 yards with 13 TD vs. 10 INT. 118 carries for 414 yards with 4 TD.<ref>http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ecu/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/06-mg-records141-168.pdf</ref>
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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.
 
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,<ref>http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20060321/ai_n16151519{{dead link|date=April 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}</ref> 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.
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Despite stating that he wished to continue playing for the Bears and work with Grossman,<ref>http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20060321/ai_n16151519</ref> 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.
   
==See also==
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==Personal==
* [[Racial issues faced by black quarterbacks]]
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Blake is married to wife Deborah with four children - 2 step, his oldest son Emory is a receiver for Auburn and 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 (American football)|Robert Jones]].
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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{{East Carolina Pirates quarterback navbox}}
 
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{{Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback navbox}}
 
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{{Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback navbox}}
 
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| NAME = Blake, Jeff
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| SHORT DESCRIPTION = Player of American Football
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| DATE OF BIRTH = December 4, 1970
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| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Daytona Beach, Florida]]
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| DATE OF DEATH =
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[[Category:1970 births]]
 
[[Category:1970 births]]
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