Eric Weddle has earned his well-deserved reputation as one of the best defensive players of the NFL. His sensitivity to sound from any angle has made him a dependable force that assures an impregnable line of defense in the field of play.
Today, Eric is one of the highest-earning safeties in the history of the league with his 5-year $40 million contract with the Chargers. The talented footballer as a matter of fact, never expected to make it far in his career. He refers to himself as a kid who loved the game but was benched; who struggled and was injured but didn’t let the bad moments get him down. He further confesses that those little hitches didn’t quench his drive, but rather drove him to take a giant leap to see even greater heights to be conquered.
The legendary American football player believes that to get a better you today, you must try your best to contribute more than you did yesterday because winners all over the world pay a high price to get to their desired destination. Eric’s case is a story of heroic success and devastating losses, which aspiring American footballers should have at heart.
Eric Weddle’s Biography
The renowned footballer was born Eric Steven Weddle, in Fontana California on the 4th day of January 1985. Information regarding the identity of the football star’s parents is not currently available but records have it that he comes from Southern California and was brought up in Alta Loma, which is 35 miles on the eastern side of California.
He gained his high school education at Alta Loma High School where he played active roles in the school’s basketball, baseball, and football teams. When Eric was done with high school, he moved on to Utah University where he played football and got declared a consensus all-American.
Before his contract with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, he was with the San Diego Chargers on a 5-year $40 million contract which placed him in the position of one of the highest earners of the NFL.
Almost tallying with predictions by different watchers, Eric Weddle was selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft as the 37th overall pick. The player who was signed on a four-year $4.6 million contract was named the backup strong safety at the beginning of the season.
He clinched 3 solo tackles as well as his first career sack in the 2007 season debut against the Chicago Bears. By the end of his rookie season, which was after 15 games and 15 starts, he had recorded 53 combined tackles with 42 solos, six pass deflections, a sack, and an interception.
The end of the 2008 season saw Eric Weddle garner 127 combined tackles with 105 solos. He clinched five pass deflections, a sack, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts, which was far more impressive than his beginning days at the team. Before his move to the Baltimore Ravens in March 2016, Weddle had clinched a total of 850 combined tackles with 682 solos.
His 2017 stint with the Baltimore Ravens saw him finish with 63 combined tackles, 49 solos, and six interceptions.
Wife and Family Life
Eric Weddle got married to his former high school sweetheart, Chanel Weddle in July 2005, just before his junior season at Utah. The couple resided around Ogden, Utah and Chanel also played football for the Aggies.
Talking about the wife of the remarkable footballer, Chanel was born in Alta Loma, California on the 24th day of February 1984, as Chanel Marie Blaquiere. The 5 feet 8 inches lady is the daughter of Ron and Sonya Blaquiere. The couple met during their years at Alta Loma High School where they both played football and together, they proceeded to the University of Utah for further studies.
Chanel who went to university on a scholarship graduated with a major in social work. The couple is blessed with four kids namely: Kamri Joe, Brooklyn Marie, Gaige and Silver Jean.
Height and Weight
The American footballer stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) and weighs a commensurate 200 lb (91 kg). Other details of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed.