|Date of birth:April 29, 1957|
|Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio|
|College: Sam Houston State|
|NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 125|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| * New York Jets (1979–1983)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Stanley John Blinka (born April 29, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He was the middle linebacker for the NY Jets through the 1983 season. He was their leading tackler in 1979 and 1980. He was named to the AFC All Rookie Team in 1979. He played college football at Sam Houston State. He also played one season in the United States Football League, with the Denver Gold, in 1985.
He was honored as a Distinguished Alumni at Sam Houston State University in 2015. While at Sam Houston State he was named to the Lone Star Conference team 3 times, the Lone Star Conference Team of the 1970s decade and the Lone Star Conference 75th Anniversary Team. He holds his college records for most tackles in a game (24), season (211), and career (536). He was a dual sport athlete as he also lettered in Track and Field. He was a NAIA All American, former SHSU school discus record holder and Lone Star Conference All Academic Team.
He met and married Kathy Steele Blinka in 1978 while at Sam Houston State. They have two children, Kyle Louis Blinka and Clinton Steele Blinka. They have 5 grandchildren. He retired from football in 1985 and began a career as a tax accountant in Houston, Texas. In 1987, he purchased an Interstate Battery distributorship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been the owner/operator for 30 years.
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