Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bennie Blades

Bennie Blades


  • Position: Safety
  • School: Miami (FL)
  • High School: Sunrise, FL (Piper HS)
  • Years: 1984-1987
  • Inducted: 2006
  • Place of Birth: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Date of Birth: Sep 03, 1966
  • Jersey Number: 36
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 215

Member Biography

In high school Bennie Blades was better known as a track athlete as he was invited to the 1984 Olympic trials in the 400 meters. In his freshman season, he was a reserve cornerback and special teams player before he became a starter at free safety as a sophomore. He led the team with four interceptions and returned two picks for scores. The following year, he was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award as he led the nation with ten interceptions. He also began to be noticed for his ability as an open field tackler and had 16 tackles against Oklahoma. He gained consensus All-America status In his senior season he was able to claim the national championship that he just missed the previous year in a season-ending loss to Penn State. He also gained some individual honors in winning the Thorpe Award and became a unanimous All-America. The national championship run was saved early in the season when Blades recovered a fumble deep in Canes territory in a one-point victory over Florida State. Over his career he had 19 interceptions for 305 return yards along with making 286 tackles. Coach Jimmy Johnson called him �the best player at his position that I ever coached.� With the pros he was the third overall selection in the 1988 draft. He spent nine seasons with the Detroit Lions and two with Seattle.