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Brian Keith Blades (born July 24, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League.

Brian Blades
No. 89
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1965-07-24) July 24, 1965 (age 54)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Career information
High school:Sunrise (FL) Piper
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:7,620
Player stats at

Blades graduated from Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida in 1983. He attended the University of Miami.

He finished his college career with 80 catches for 1,493 yards and 15 TDs.[1]

After graduating, he was chosen in the 2nd round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Blades spent his entire eleven-year career with the Seahawks, playing for the team from 1988-1998. He signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks prior to the 1999 season, but was cut on June 5, 1999.

Manslaughter conviction and acquittalEdit

Blades was charged with murder in the second degree for the death of his cousin, Charles Blades Jr. Blades initially pleaded "no contest" but later changed his plea to "not guilty" before the trial. Blades claimed the pistol accidentally discharged a round into his cousin during a struggle. During the trial, the prosecuting attorney and a gun expert staged a mock struggle with a blank filled gun, in which the gun accidentally discharged.

After a jury convicted Blades of manslaughter, the presiding Judge Susan Lebow overturned the verdict 72 hours later, citing the prosecution's failure to provide enough evidence for conviction.[2] The case was appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, and the court upheld his acquittal.[3]


He is the older brother of former NFL cornerbacks Bennie Blades and Al Blades. He is also the uncle of former University of Pittsburgh and Washington Redskins linebacker H. B. Blades. He and his wife Tisha live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Court TV Casefiles: Florida v. Blades". Court TV Library. Archived from the original on July 18, 2007.
  3. ^ "Blades's AcquittalIs (sic) Upheld". The New York Times. October 24, 1997. Retrieved April 26, 2010.