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Eric Weddle

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Eric Steven Weddle born January 4, 1985 is an American football free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League NFL He played college football at Utah, where he was a consensus All-American He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft

Weddle is considered to be one of the best safeties in the NFL He has been named to the Pro Bowl five times, and has been honored as an All-Pro five times


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 2007 NFL Draft
    • 32 San Diego Chargers
      • 321 2007
      • 322 2008
      • 323 2009
      • 324 2010
      • 325 2011
      • 326 2012
      • 327 2013
      • 328 2014
      • 329 2015
    • 33 Baltimore Ravens
      • 331 2016
      • 332 2017
    • 34 Career statistics
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early years

Weddle was born in Fontana, California He grew up in Alta Loma, California, and attended local Alta Loma High School At Alta Loma High, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball In football, he was a three-time all-league selection and a two-time All-CIF selection

Weddle added first-team all-area accolades from the Los Angeles Times and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin A second-team All-Southern Section honoree, he also received all-region honors from Rivalscom and Student Sport Magazine He was named the team's best receiver and most valuable player as a senior

The team captain had 129 tackles, five interceptions, four forced fumbles and five recovered fumbles on defense, adding 587 yards rushing, 22 touchdowns, 965 yards passing and five scoring tosses as a senior He led Alta Loma High to the 2000 Mt Baldy League championship

College career

Weddle enrolled in the University of Utah, where he played for the Utah Utes football team from 2003 to 2006 He was immediately put into action in 2003, starting his last nine games at right cornerback He earned Freshman All-American first-team and All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention He posted 60 tackles 29 solos with four sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery He deflected four passes and intercepted another while also carrying the ball once minus 6 yards Eric was 2 time Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year

In 2004, Weddle shifted to strong safety, starting eleven games Despite sitting out the Arizona clash with a right knee sprain, he ranked third on the team with 75 tackles 47 solos He added one sack, 45 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble He advanced a fumble recovery 31 yards, batted away five passes and intercepted four others He also averaged 105 yards on 20 punt returns

Weddle earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-MWC, second-team All-American and Emerald Bowl Defensive MVP honors in 2005 He started all twelve games, lining up at strong safety in five contests, at left cornerback in four and as a nickel back in three others He ranked third on the team with 78 tackles 49 solos and second with eleven stops for losses He had four sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery He led the conference with sixteen passes defensed 12 break-ups, 4 interceptions He punted twice for 46 yards, attempted two passes and averaged 64 yards on 24 punt returns He also rushed seven times for 35 yards and one touchdown

In 2006, Weddle was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-MWC first-team choice He was again named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year He started the team’s first two games at strong safety before shifting to left cornerback and closed out the season as the nickel back He made 64 tackles 40 solos with a sack, a forced fumble and 25 stops for losses He returned one of three fumble recoveries for a touchdown, deflected two passes and ranked eighth in the nation with seven interceptions He averaged 55 yards on eight punt returns and completed 2-of-4 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown He also carried 44 times for 203 yards 46 avg and five scores

In 48 games at Utah, Weddle started 45 times 9 at right cornerback, 12 at left cornerback, 6 at nickel back, 18 at strong safety He recorded 277 tackles, as his 165 solo hits rank sixth in school annals He produced ten sacks for minus 69 yards and 225 stops for losses of 108 yards He set the school career record with nine forced fumbles and ranks sixth with six fumble recoveries, returning two for 66 yards and a touchdown

Weddle is tied for sixth in Utah history with 23 pass deflections and ranks second MWC record with 18 interceptions for 148 yards 82 avg in returns His three pass thefts returned for touch-downs rank second in school annals He ranks fifth on the school record books with 52 punt returns, good for 408 yards 78 avg

On offense, Weddle rushed 52 times for 259 yards 50 avg and six touchdowns He completed 2-of-6 passes for 43 yards, one touchdown and an interception He recovered an onside kick and also punted twice for 46 yards with a long of 34

Nearing the end of an electrifying senior year, Doug Robinson of the Deseret Morning News wrote an article championing Weddle for the Heisman Trophy based on how valuable he is to the Utah Utes He wrote, "The only people who spend more time on the field than Weddle each Saturday are referees Against Air Force two weeks ago, Weddle played every snap on defense and collected eight tackles On offense, he led the Utes in rushing with 73 yards and scored Utah's only two touchdowns He also served as the holder for the game-winning field goal He played a total of 90 plays" Robinson wrote that Fisher DeBerry, Air Force's football head coach told Weddle after the game, "They're cheating you, son; they ought to give you two scholarships" Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said, "He should win the Heisman Trophy I sincerely mean that"

Professional career

2007 NFL Draft

In the 2007 NFL Draft, the Chargers traded the 62nd pick 2nd, 93rd pick 3rd, 167th pick 5th and a 2008 3rd rounder to the Chicago Bears for the right to move up to the 37th pick and select Weddle Chicago took Dan Bazuin, Garrett Wolfe and Kevin Payne in 2007, and Marcus Harrison in 2008 Despite the price San Diego ended up paying for Weddle, experts still believed he would be of tremendous value to the Chargers During the 2007 combine, Weddle ran a 143 10 yard time, tying him with Aundrae Allison and Marcus McCauley for the then fastest split time up to that point "

In a short article by the Union Tribune 's Jay Posner, he quoted NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as saying, "He will upgrade them athletically in the middle of the field I like this kid a lot He's an instinctive kid with a nose for the ball" ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr said, "That's an awful lot to give up They're telling us they don't need all those other draft picks because of the talent already on the roster" Charger Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel, Buddy Nix responded, "We're not worried about what we gave up; we're worried about what we got

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 in
180 m
203 lb
92 kg
448 s 143 s 256 s 412 s 678 s 33 1⁄2 in
085 m
9 ft 5 in
287 m
11 reps 27
All stats except Wonderlic are from NFL Combine

San Diego Chargers


Weddle #32 at the 2012 Pro Bowl

Weddle started the 2007 season as the strong safety behind Clinton Hart He was also known to be the team's dimeback playing in 2nd/3rd and long situations, along with being the backup holder on special teams It was speculated that he would be used instead of the current holder Mike Scifres in situations where a fake field goal or extra point attempt would occur as he was a threat to run or throw the ball in those situations The Chargers led the NFL in takeaways that season with 48 On October 28, 2007, Weddle recorded his first NFL regular season interception against the Houston Texans Weddle saw plenty of action during his rookie season, playing as the dime safety and finished his rookie season with 48 total tackles, one sack and one interception along with six pass deflections while playing in one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL


At the start of the 2008 season, Weddle was officially named the starting free safety alongside Clinton Hart who was signed to a long-term contract extension in the offseason at strong safety On September 22, Weddle made his first interception of the season against the New York Jets in a Week 3 Monday Night Football game against quarterback Brett Favre He finished the season with 127 tackles, one sack, and one interception


In the 2009 season, Weddle had 82 tackles 68 solo, five tackles-for-loss for 14 yards, 15 sacks, two interceptions for 44 yards, one touchdown, and seven passes defensed in 13 games


Weddle’s all-around game improved each year and in 2010, he received his first all-pro honors when he was selected to the AP’s All-Pro second team after the Chargers finished the season ranked first in the NFL in pass defense Weddle helped turn around a pass defense that just two seasons earlier ranked second-to-last in the league Within months, the Chargers rewarded Weddle with a new five-year, $40 million contract in July 2011 It was the largest contract ever for a Free Safety which made up for high expectations


He had a breakout 2011 season with 88 tackles and a career-high seven interceptions He helped clinch two early-season back-to-back wins with late fourth-quarter interceptions, becoming just the third Chargers defender to do so in the previous 20 years It was the beginning of a Pro Bowl season in which Weddle tied for the NFL lead with a career-high seven picks Weddle was also voted to the Pro Bowl, accompanied by his selection as the Chargers’ Defensive Player of the Year Weddle even intercepted two passes in the Pro Bowl, one of which resulted in a touchdown after a lateral, while also breaking up a game-high three passes and tying for second with five tackles en route to a 59–41 win by the AFC


In 2012, Weddle was once again playing at an elite level as he was one of the best safeties in the league He was voted by teammates the Chargers’ Most Valuable Player, at the end of the 2012 season Weddle garnered the team’s top honor after leading the squad with 111 tackles He also tacked on first-team All-Pro honors from CBSSportscom and Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America, and second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press


In 2013, Weddle again proved himself to be one of the most elite safeties in the league He was elected to his second Pro Bowl, along with teammate Philip Rivers He made second-team All-Pro honors for the second year in a row from the Associated Press Weddle played all 16 Games for the 4th-straight year, collecting 115 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 9 passes defended, and 2 fumble recoveries However, his most important contribution came on special teams With the Chargers needing a win to advance to the postseason, Weddle called for a fake punt on a 4th and 2 from the Chargers' own 28 yard line, gaining just enough yards for the first down The Chargers would go on to kick a game-winning field goal later in the drive Weddle also became Chargers defensive player of the year for the 2nd time in his career, also winning the prestigious award in 2011


Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Weddle intercepted Blake Bortles and returned it 17 yards In week 8 against the Denver Broncos, Eric Weddle caused a forced fumble but did not recover In week 16 against the 49ers, Eric Weddle made a big play by forcing Quinton Patton to fumble, after rushing 15 yards, leading to a Chargers victory In 2014, Weddle was selected to his third Pro Bowl in four seasons, and he was also named first-team All-Pro He led the Chargers in tackles with 114, going along with 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defended


On December 20, 2015, Weddle stayed out during halftime to watch his daughter perform in the halftime show against the Miami Dolphins Weddle did not ask permission to remain on the sideline to watch his daughter and was not present in the locker room Team spokesman Bill Johnston said that it is mandatory for all players to be in the locker room during halftime As a result, Weddle was fined $10,000 Weddle's agent, David Canter, said he planned to file a grievance with the NFL Players Association and said that he felt disrespected by the way things were handled He had previously skipped voluntary workouts last offseason to show his displeasure with the Chargers not willing to give him a contract extension

Furthermore, Weddle was placed on injured reserve with a groin issue on December 28, 2015 This occurred against his wishes

Baltimore Ravens

On March 14, 2016 Weddle signed a four-year, $26 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens


On September 18, 2016 Weddle recorded his first interception as a Raven in a 25-20 comeback against Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns, the 20th in his career He finished the year with four total and was named to his fourth Pro Bowl as an alternate


Weddle intercepted his first pass of the season in a 24-10 Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns In Week 13 against the Detroit Lions, Weddle had a strip sack and intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for the game-sealing touchdown, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week On December 19, 2017, Weddle was named to his fifth Pro Bowl

Career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2007 SD 15 0 53 42 11 10 0 0 0 1 0 00 0 0 6
2008 SD 16 16 127 105 22 10 0 1 0 1 3 30 3 0 5
2009 SD 13 13 82 68 14 15 0 0 0 2 44 220 31 1 7
2010 SD 16 16 96 80 16 05 0 0 0 2 64 320 41 1 10
2011 SD 16 16 88 70 18 00 0 0 0 7 89 127 26 0 11
2012 SD 16 16 97 83 14 10 2 0 0 3 52 173 23 1 9
2013 SD 16 16 115 88 27 10 1 2 27 2 21 105 21 0 10
2014 SD 16 16 114 91 23 00 2 0 0 1 17 170 17 0 8
2015 SD 13 13 78 55 23 05 0 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 6
2016 BAL 16 16 89 48 41 10 1 0 0 4 92 230 53 0 13
Career 153 138 939 730 209 75 6 3 0 23 382 166 53 3 84

Personal life

A Southern California native, Weddle grew up in Alta Loma, 35 miles east of Los Angeles He and his wife, Chanel, his former high school sweetheart, married in La Jolla on July 2005 The couple has four children, Brooklyn Marie, Silver Jean, Gaige, and Kamri Joe

While in college at The University of Utah, Weddle converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church

Weddle is a gym-rat and an avid golfer He plays basketball and golf several times a week He also enjoys bowling and movie nights with his family Eric and Chanel wed before his junior season at Utah They lived around Ogden, Utah, to be nearer to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where Chanel went to school and played soccer for the Aggies, while Eric commuted nearly an hour each way to Salt Lake City, where the University of Utah is located, for school and football

Weddle was a special education major at Utah who helped tutor students with learning disabilities As a professional, he has remained active in the community supporting a number of worthy causes, including breast cancer as his grandmother is a two-time survivor of the disease


  1. ^ a b Robert Mays "The All-22 All-Star Team: Eric Weddle, the Secret Superstar" Grantland Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  2. ^ "Eric Weddle gets due recognition" ESPNcom Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  3. ^ a b "Eric Weddle" Pro-Football-Referencecom Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  4. ^ Doug Robinson 27 November 2006 "Doug Robinson: Why not give Heisman to Utah's Eric Weddle" DeseretNewscom Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  5. ^ Judge, Clark 2009-02-18 "History by the numbers: Combine has come a long way" CBS Sports Archived from the original on 2011-10-02 Retrieved 2009-03-03 
  6. ^ "SignOnSanDiegocom > Sports > U-T Sportsblog" Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  7. ^ Eric Weddle, SS, Utah - 2007 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange
  8. ^ San Diego Chargers Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Fox Sports "Eric Weddle" Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  10. ^ "Eric Weddle" ESPNcom Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  11. ^ "Eric Weddle - San Diego Chargers - 2015 Player Profile - Rotoworldcom" Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  12. ^ Gehlken, Michael December 23, 2014 "Eric Weddle selected to Pro Bowl again" U-T San Diego Archived from the original on December 30, 2014 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Chargers fine, send All-Pro safety Weddle to IR" ESPNcom Retrieved 2015-12-29 
  14. ^ Pro Bowl Safety Eric Weddle To Join Ravens
  15. ^ Alper, Josh January 23, 2017 "Eric Weddle headed to Pro Bowl" ProFootballTalkNBCSportscom 
  16. ^ Lam, Quang M December 6, 2017 "Josh McCown, Wilson among Players of the Week" NFLcom 
  17. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters" NFLcom December 19, 2017 Retrieved December 23, 2017 
  18. ^ Trent Toone 16 May 2013 "Mormon NFL safety Eric Weddle: Balancing football and faith" DeseretNewscom Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  19. ^ "Eric Weddle" NFLcom Retrieved 29 December 2015 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Pro-Football-Reference
  • Utah Utes bio
  • San Diego Chargers bio
  • Baltimore Ravens bio

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