Al Blades

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Al Blades
Personal information
Born:(1977-03-19)March 19, 1977
Died:March 20, 2003(2003-03-20) (aged 26)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College:Miami (FL)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big East (2000)
  • Second-team All-Big East (1999)

Alphonso "Al" Blades (c. March 1977 – March 20, 2003) was a standout safety who went to the University of Miami.[1][2][3][4][5] He was selected as a first-team All-Big East player at Miami.[6] He spent two years with the San Francisco 49ers.[7][8] In March 2003, he was the passenger of former Plantation High School teammate Martel Johnson who was driving Blades' 1999 Mazda Millenia when it hit another car which they were racing. Both died in the crash.[9][10]


Al Blades was the younger brother of former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brian Blades and former Detroit Lions safety Bennie Blades, and uncle of H. B. Blades, who played 4 seasons for the Washington Redskins in the NFL as well. His son, Alphonso Blades II (Al Blades Jr.) is currently playing college football at the university of Miami as a defensive back. The younger Blades verbally committed to play with the Hurricanes in 2015.[11] Blades then withdrew his commitment to the Hurricanes, only to later recommit in 2017.