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Valentino Blake
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Antwon (Valentino) Blake with the Steelers.
No. 30, 38, 41, 47     
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-08-09) August 9, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College: UTEP
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Total tackles     183
Sacks     1.0
Forced fumbles     2
Fumble recoveries     2
Interceptions     3
Defensive touchdowns     1

Valentino Antwon Blake (born August 9, 1990) is a former American football cornerback and special teamer. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, and New York Giants. He played college football at Texas–El Paso (UTEP).

In September 2016, Blake changed his first name from Antwon to Valentino.[1]

College careerEdit

He played college football at Texas-El Paso (UTEP) from 2008 to 2011. During his career at UTEP, Blake totaled 137 tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.[2] Starting every game his junior and senior years also started 1 game sophomore season before suffering an ankle injury.

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Blake signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2012 NFL Draft as a rookie free agent.[3]

He was released on September 1, 2013.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On September 2, 2013, Blake was claimed on waivers by the Steelers. Blake would remain on the team over the next 3 seasons. He gathered his first interception during a Week 8, 2014 game against the Colts, picking off Andrew Luck.

In 2015, Blake became a starter. Though the Steeler pass defense was one of its worst in decades, Blake played a role. During Week 5, he picked off Philip Rivers, and ran it 70 yards for his first pick-six. He would have 2 more picks during the year, one in a Week 8 loss to the Bengals, and one against the Bengals in the Wild Card game.

Tennessee TitansEdit

On March 17, 2016, Blake signed with the Tennessee Titans, reuniting him with former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau.[4]

New York Giants Edit

On March 20, 2017, Blake signed with the New York Giants.[5] On August 23, 2017, the Giants placed Blake on the Reserve/Exempt list after leaving practice.[6] He was released on September 2, 2017.[7]

On September 5, 2017, Blake announced his retirement from the NFL.

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