At a game in Denver in September, 2010
|Date of birth:||March 31, 1987|
|Place of birth:||La Cygne, Kansas|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Prairie View High School-Prairie View Buffalos LaCygne KS|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 162|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2012|
William Brody Eldridge (born March 31, 1987) is a former American football tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears. He played college football at Oklahoma and high school football at Prairie View High School in La Cygne, Kansas.
Eldridge attended Prairie View High School in La Cygne, Kansas where he played a number of different positions including tight end, linebacker and defensive end. During his junior year, he totaled 130 tackles and eight sacks and also played tight end where he recorded 35 receptions and four touchdowns. For this he garnered All-State Kansas honours. During his senior season, Eldridge broke his ankle in the second game and did not play the rest of the season. Despite this, he was rated the No. 43 strongside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and No. 16 player in the Midlands by Scout.com. He was eventually recruited by the University of Oklahoma.
Eldridge redshirted the 2005 season but as a Freshman in 2006 he converted to tight end and did most of his work in three-tight end sets or as a blocking back. He was characterized by coaches as one of the top blockers on the team and had three receptions on the season, including a long of 10 yards against Oregon State.
As a Sophomore he saw playing time at fullback position where he was an All-Big 12 award winner and had six starts as a tight end, playing in two or three-tight end sets or as a blocking back. He had two receptions for 23 yards against Texas A&M, including a career-long 12-yard catch.
In 2008 as a Junior he continued to play primarily as a blocking tight end and fullback starting the first 4 games of the season before suffering an ankle injury which caused him to miss 3 games. He registered his first career touchdown with a one-yard reception against Oklahoma State and had a season-long 11-yard catch against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship.
2010 NFL Draft
Eldridge was considered the best blocking tight end in the draft and was thought of as a late-round pick. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in round 5 with the 162nd pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the second tight end drafted from the University of Oklahoma that year following Jermaine Gresham in the first round.
He agreed to a four-year, $1.95 million contract with the Colts.
Eldridge was waived by the Colts on May 17, 2012.
St. Louis Rams
On May 18, 2012, Eldridge was claimed by the St. Louis Rams. On July 2, 2012, it was reported that he would be suspended for the first four games of 2012 season due to violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, but can't be added to the active roster until after facing the Seattle Seahawks on September 30.
On October 15, 2012, Eldridge was signed to the Chicago Bears. On November 13, 2012, Eldridge was released by the Bears to make room for Josh McCown after starting quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion. Eldridge was brought back on January 9, 2013.
Eldridge was waived on August 3, 2013.
- Rivals Profile
- Scout Profile
- Big 12 2007 Winner List
- Receiving stats
- Combine Profile
- Contract Info Archived March 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Brody Eldridge, St. Louis Rams TE, suspended four games". NFL.com. July 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Associated Press (2013-01-09). "Bears sign Eldridge to reserve/future deal". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- Associated Press (August 3, 2013). "Bears sign TE Leonard Pope, waive Brody Eldridge". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 3, 2013.