Jeff Blake (born December 4, 1970 in Daytona Beach, Florida) is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He previously played for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Jets out of East Carolina University. His only Pro Bowl appearance came with the Bengals, when he selected as the starting quarterback for the AFC team. In that contest, Blake threw a Pro Bowl record-long 92 yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen.
Blake's best seasons came with Cincinnati in the mid-to-late 1990's; he established great rapport with Bengal receivers Carl Pickens and Darnay Scott, helping the former vie for the receiving title in 1995. Though Blake had his limitations as an NFL quarterback, he was widely regarded as the owner of the best deep ball in the league, a tightly spinning, soft, catchable pass.
Currently, at the conclusion of 2005 season, Blake has amassed 21,711 career passing yards, with 134 touchdown passes, and 99 interceptions. A mobile quarterback, Blake has ran for 2,027 career rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. His longevity has been legitimate, as shown by his 100 career starts.
Preceded by: David Klingler Cincinnati Bengals Starting Quarterbacks 1994-1997 Succeeded by: Neil O'Donnell Preceded by: Neil O'Donnell Cincinnati Bengals Starting Quarterbacks 1999 Succeeded by: Akili Smith Preceded by: Billy Joe Tolliver New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterbacks 2000 Succeeded by: Aaron Brooks Preceded by: Elvis Grbac Baltimore Ravens Starting Quarterbacks 2002 Succeeded by: Kyle Boller Preceded by: Jake Plummer Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterbacks 2003 Succeeded by: Josh McCown