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Chase Wyatt Blackburn (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football linebacker and currently the special teams coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He won two Super Bowl titles with the Giants, both against the New England Patriots. He played college football at Akron.

Chase Blackburn
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Blackburn at a parade celebrating the Giants' victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
Carolina Panthers
Position:Special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 36)
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Marysville (OH)
College:Akron
Undrafted:2005
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:373
Sacks:4.5
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:3
Interceptions:4
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Blackburn attended Marysville High School in Marysville, Ohio and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he led his team to a 13–1 record and the 2001 Ohio High School Football Division II State Seminifinals. He finished with 320 career tackles.

College careerEdit

Blackburn was a three-year starter at the University of Akron, playing both linebacker and defensive end. He started 34 of 45 games in which he played and finished his college career with 293 tackles (179 solo), 11 sacks, 38.5 tackles for losses and three interceptions. He started all 11 games as a senior and finished with 71 tackles (41 solo), 5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for losses playing the "bandit" – a hybrid between the linebacker and defensive end positions. He was named All-MAC linebacker as a junior.[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Blackburn measured 6'3" and 245 pounds. At the Akron Pro Day, Blackburn ran a 4.69 40-yard dash.[citation needed]

New York GiantsEdit

 
Blackburn at Giants training camp in 2007.

An undrafted rookie for the New York Giants in 2005, Blackburn spent most of the season as a backup linebacker and special teamer.

In Super Bowl XLII, Blackburn had a costly penalty on a punt return as he was the extra man on the field on a 12-man-on-the-field penalty. After the play, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick challenged the play that the Giants had 12 men on the field and won. The penalty resulted in a first down, but the Patriots did not score on that drive after a failed 4th down conversion. As a result, the Giants improved their field position by 20 yards, so the penalty actually benefited the team. The Giants went on to win the game.

For 2010, he was elected as a team captain by his teammates, representing special teams.[1] After the season, he became an unrestricted free agent. He was re-signed on November 29, 2011. In Week 13 in a game against the Green Bay Packers, Blackburn recorded an interception against Aaron Rodgers in his own end. In the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI, Blackburn recorded an interception against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the lone turnover of the game. The play was vital to winning the Super Bowl.[2] He also had six tackles.

Carolina PanthersEdit

Blackburn agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 27, 2013.[3] Blackburn played a part in Carolina's defense in 2013, complementing Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly with 33 tackles and 2 stuffs in the regular season and playoffs. On March 10, 2015, Blackburn became a free agent.

Coaching careerEdit

During the off season before the 2016 season, Blackburn was brought in as a special teams coaching intern.[4] On August 14, 2016, Blackburn was promoted to the special teams assistant to special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Blackburn and his wife Megan have three sons, Landyn, Bentley, and Wyatt. He graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in mathematics. He lives in Dublin, Ohio.[6] Blackburn is a Christian.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giants name Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Chase Blackburn captains".
  2. ^ "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 27, 2013). "Chase Blackburn tweets he's joining Carolina Panthers". NFL.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Henson, Max (June 9, 2016). "Blackburn chases coaching career". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Henson, Max (August 14, 2016). "DeHaven named senior advisor to special teams". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Blackburn's profile at New York Giants website Archived April 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Serby's Sunday Q & A with… Chase Blackburn".
  8. ^ "Unpackin' It: Two-time Super Bowl champion Chase Blackburn talks about faith, family and football".

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