Eric Weddle is a two-time Pro Bowl safety for the San Diego Chargers. He has been selected to four All-Pro teams in seven years with the Chargers and previously played college football at the University of Utah.
Weddle was born in Fontana, CA on January 4, 1985 and played football, basketball, and baseball at Alta Loma High School in Alta Loma, CA. As a football player, he was a three-time all-league selection and two-time All-CIF selection. He was named team captain prior to the start of his senior season and racked up 129 tackles, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles starting at safety. He also starred at quarterback, rushing for over 500 yards and 22 touchdowns while passing for 965 yards and five scores. Following graduation, he enrolled at the University of Utah.
University of Utah
As a true freshman, Weddle started the final nine games at cornerback for the Utes, making 60 tackles and earning Freshman All-American honors. He shifted to strong safety prior to his sophomore season and recorded 75 tackles and four interceptions in eleven starts. In 2005, he was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and received All-American second team honors after making 78 tackles and four interceptions. He finished his illustrious college career as a consensus All-American choice in 2006 and recorded over 270 career tackles and 18 career interceptions at Utah.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers traded four draft picks to the Chicago Bears to move up and select Weddle with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he made 48 tackles and an interception while seeing limited action as a dime safety. He became the full-time starter at free safety in 2008, recording 127 tackles and an interception in 16 games. He made his first All-Pro team in 2010 after making 96 tackles and recording two interceptions, and the team rewarded him with a five-year contract worth $40 million.
Weddle led the league with seven interceptions in 2011 and was a First-Team All-Pro selection. He also made his first Pro Bowl and made two interceptions during the game. He was an All-Pro second team selection during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons and collected 115 tackles and two picks before being picked for his second Pro Bowl in 2013.
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