Brian Blades

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Not to be confused with Brian Blade.
Brian Blades
No. 89
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-07-24) July 24, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Career information
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 1988
Last played in 1998
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 581
Receiving Yards 7,620
Touchdowns 34
Stats at NFL.com

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

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

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. He currently works at Toyota of Deerfield Beach, in Deerfield Beach Florida.

Manslaughter conviction and acquittal[edit]

Blades was charged with murder in the second degree for the death of his cousin, Charles Blades Jr. Blades initially pled "no contest" but later changed his plea to "not guilty" before the trial. Blades claimed the pistol accidentally discharged a round into his cousin while he struggled with him. During the trial, the prosecuting attorney and a gun expert staged a mock struggle with a blank filled gun where 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.[1] The case was appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, where the court upheld his acquittal.[2]

Personal[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Court TV Casefiles: Florida v. Blades". Court TV Library. 
  2. ^ "Blades's AcquittalIs (sic) Upheld". The New York Times. October 24, 1997. Retrieved April 26, 2010.