Greg Blankenship

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Greg Blankenship
No. 57, 53
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth: Vallejo, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Vallejo High School
College: Cal State-Hayward
Undrafted: 1976
Career history
Roster status: retired
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 1976
Games Played: 10
Games Started: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Gregory Allen Blankenship (born March 24, 1954) is a former American football linebacker who played one season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early life[edit]

Blankenship was born in Vallejo, California and attended Vallejo High School.[1]

College football[edit]

He matriculated at Cal State-Hayward[1] (since renamed California State University, East Bay). As a sophomore, Blankenship was named to the third-team Associated Press small college All-America football team in 1973.[2] In 1974, he was named to the UPI Little All-Coast football team.[3] After his senior season he was named to the Associated Press College Division All-America team as a first-team selection.[4]

Blankenship has been inducted into the California State University, East Bay Athletics Hall of Fame.[5]

Pro football career[edit]

Blankenship went undrafted in the 1976 NFL Draft, but was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He played four games for the Raiders before being cut.[6]

He was picked up by the Steelers about a month later, primarily to serve as a special teams player.[6][7] He played for the Steelers in the final six games of the 1976 season.[1]

Blankenship was cut by the Steelers prior to the 1977 season.[8] He was picked up in 1978 by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Greg Blankenship bio". databaseFootball. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "'Johnson Boys' Again Picked For Little All-America Team". Gettysburg Times. December 6, 1973. p. 18. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Boise State quarterback tops Little all-Coast team". Ellensburg Daily Record. December 11, 1974. p. 11. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hieber named Little A-A". The Spokesman-Review. December 5, 1975. p. 39. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Athletics Hall of Fame". California State University, East Bay. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Sheeley, Glenn (November 11, 1976). "Rescued Blankenship Happy To Be Aboard With Steelers". Pittsburgh Press. p. 33. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Emert, Rich (August 26, 1977). "Russian roulette: Steelers can hardly win on final roster decisions". The Beaver County Times. pp. B–1. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Steeler Notes". Pittsburgh Press. July 25, 1977. pp. C3. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "People in sport". Ottawa Citizen. April 20, 1978. p. 27. Retrieved 25 February 2010.