Antwon (Valentino) Blake with the Steelers.
|No. 30, 38, 41, 47|
|Date of birth:August 9, 1990|
|Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2012)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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. Starting every game his junior and senior years also started 1 game sophomore season before suffering an ankle injury.
He was released on September 1, 2013.
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.
New York Giants Edit
On September 5, 2017, Blake announced his retirement from the NFL.
- ↑ Wyatt, Jim. "What’s In a Name? Titans CB Antwon Blake Explains". http://www.titansonline.com/news/article-4/What%E2%80%99s-In-a-Name-Titans-CB-Valentino-Blake-Explains/55ec7896-f344-44c8-9d66-65562074f597. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- ↑ "Jaguars S, Antwon Blake Interview". http://prointerviews.org/2012/07/24/antwonblake. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- ↑ "Jaguars sign 17 rookie Free Agents". Jaguars.com. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-PressRelease/Jaguars-sign-17-rookie-Free-Agents/ffc824ca-bd96-42a9-8818-c389997fa543. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- ↑ Titans Agree to Terms with CB Antwon Blake
- ↑ Eisen, Michael (March 20, 2017). "New York Giants sign QB Geno Smith, CB Valentino Blake". https://web.archive.org/web/20170825062652/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/New-York-Giants-sign-QB-Geno-Smith-CB-Valentino-Blake/e672858e-deb0-4991-b26c-170c819eb464.
- ↑ Williams, Charean (August 23, 2017). "Valentino Blake leaves Giants". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/08/23/valentino-blake-leaves-giants/.
- ↑ "Giants Released CB Valentino Blake". September 2, 2017. http://nfltraderumors.co/giants-released-cb-valentino-blake/.