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Eric Weddle
FS #32
Height:
5-11
Weight:
200
Age:
29
College:
Utah
Hometown:
Alta Loma, Calif.
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
115
SCK
1.0
FF
1
INT
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 658 536 122 6.0 0 57 18 273 -- 41 3 3 5
2013 SD 16 16 115 88 27 1.0 -- 9 2 21 10.5 21 0 1 2
2012 SD 16 16 97 83 14 1.0 0 9 3 52 17.3 23 1 2 2
2011 SD 16 16 88 70 18 0.0 -- 11 7 89 12.7 26 0 0 --
2010 SD 16 16 96 80 16 0.5 0 10 2 64 32 41 1 0 --
2009 SD 13 13 82 68 14 1.5 0 7 2 44 22 31 1 0 --
2008 SD 16 16 127 105 22 1.0 0 5 1 3 3 3 0 0 1
2007 SD 15 0 53 42 11 1.0 -- 6 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 HOU L 28-31 11 9 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @PHI W 33-30 4 4 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @TEN L 17-20 9 6 3 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 DAL W 30-21 7 5 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @OAK L 17-27 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 IND W 19-9 6 5 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @JAC W 24-6 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @WAS L 24-30 15 9 6 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 DEN L 20-28 8 5 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @MIA L 16-20 7 7 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @KC W 41-38 6 6 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
13 CIN L 10-17 7 6 1 -- -- 1 1 21 21 21 0 0 1
14 NYG W 37-14 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @DEN W 27-20 3 3 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 OAK W 26-13 4 2 2 -- -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
17 KC W 27-24 14 9 5 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

Eric Weddle is the Chargers’ Most Valuable Player, voted as such by teammates at the end of the 2012 season. Weddle garnered the team’s top honor after leading the squad with 111 tackles. He also tacked on first-team All-Pro honors from CBSSports.com and Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America, and second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press.         

Weddle has become one of the NFL’s top game-changers. His 10 interceptions over the last two seasons (2011-12) tied for third-most in the NFL and among his 16-career picks, three have been returned for touchdowns, including a 23-yard scoring return against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last November. Weddle has three career interceptions against Manning, two of which have been returned for touchdowns, while the third prevented a touchdown during a win over Manning’s Colts in the divisional playoffs at the end of Weddle’s rookie season. Weddle also has been a thorn in the side for the Kansas City Chiefs, recording four interceptions against them the last two seasons.         

A Southern California native, Weddle grew up in Alta Loma, 115 miles north of San Diego. He and his wife, Chanel, his former high school sweetheart, married in La Jolla in July 2005. The couple has three children,  daughters, Brooklyn Marie and Silver Jean, and son, Gaige. Weddle is a gym-rat and an avid golfer. He plays basketball and golf several times a week and is a single-digit handicap on the links. He also enjoys bowling and movie nights with the family. Eric and Chanel wed before his junior season at Utah. They lived near Utah State in Ogden, UT, where Chanel went to school and played soccer for the Aggies, while Eric commuted nearly an hour each way to Salt Lake City where the University of Utah is located for school and football.       

Weddle was a special education major at Utah who helped tutor students with learning disabilities. As a professional, he has remained active in the community supporting a number of worthy causes, including breast cancer as his grandmother is a two-time survivor of the disease.        

Weddle was drafted in the second round by the Chargers in 2007 after the team made a trade with Chicago to move up 25 spots in the round to select him. As a rookie, he was part of a secondary that led the NFL with 30 interceptions. Weddle moved into the starting lineup in 2008 and finished the year second on the team in tackles with a career-high 135, just one behind the team leader. He also set a team record with an 86-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.               

Weddle’s all-around game improved each year and in 2010, he received his first all-pro honors when he was selected to the AP’s All-Pro second team after the Chargers finished the season ranked first in the NFL in pass defense. Weddle helped turn around a pass defense that just two seasons earlier ranked second-to-last in the league. Within months, the Chargers rewarded Weddle with a new five-year contract and it kicked off the best season of his young career in 2011. He helped clinch two early-season back-to-back wins with late fourth-quarter interceptions, becoming just the third Chargers defender to do so in the previous 20 years. It was the beginning of a Pro Bowl season in which Weddle tied for the NFL lead with a career-high seven picks. And it wasn’t just Pro Bowl accolades that Weddle earned, as a slew of All-Pro accolades followed, accompanied by his selection as the Chargers’ Defensive Player of the Year. Weddle even intercepted two passes in the Pro Bowl, one of which resulted in a touchdown after a lateral, while also breaking up a game-high three passes and tying for second with five tackles en route to a 59-41 win by the AFC.  

Weddle’s incredible rise through the NFL was recently chronicled in the book “No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story,” which was written by Trent Toone and published by Shadow Mountain. The book, which tells Weddle’s story of overcoming adversity and accomplishing impossible dreams, hit bookshelves in May. Weddle’s former coach at the University of Utah, Kyle Wittingham, wrote the foreword.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (37), April 28, 2007...signed four-year contract, July 24, 2007...signed new five-year contract, July 30, 2011.

2012: Chargers Most Valuable Player...first-team All-Pro by CBSSports.com and Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America...second-team Associated Press All-Pro...interception on second play of game Sept. 16 vs. Tennessee led to touchdown and 14-0 lead... Sept. 30 interception vs. Kansas City was fourth vs. Matt Cassel in team’s last three games...sack and forced fumble against New Orleans’ Drew Brees during Oct. 7 Sunday Night Football game was first sack since 2009...interception and 23-yard return for touchdown off Denver’s Peyton Manning Nov. 18 at Sports Authority Field...ended streak of 231 straight passes at home without interception by Manning... Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh, executed fake punt with four-yard run for first down from team’s own 28-yard line late in third quarter...six-yard, first-down run on 4th-and-1 fake punt in second quarter of Dec. 30 win vs. Oakland sustained touchdown drive that gave Chargers 17-7 lead. 2011: Pro Bowl starter...First-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated...Chargers’ David Griggs Memorial Award as Defensive Player of Year...USA Football All-Fundamentals Team pick...game-clinching interception with 55 seconds left in fourth-quarter of 20-17 win over Kansas City Sept. 25...week later, intercepted Miami’s Chad Henne with 2:53 left in final quarter to preserve 26-16 victory...goal-line interception off New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez Oct. 23...career-high two picks off Chiefs’ Cassel in ESPN MNF game Oct. 31 at Arrowhead Stadium... first pick led to field goal and second late in fourth quarter helped send game to OT...Dec. 5 interception during Monday Night Football game in Jacksonville led to touchdown and 24-14 lead...career-best seventh interception of season lead to touchdown for 13-0 lead in Dec. 11 win over Buffalo... game-high two interceptions with 90 yards in returns, including 63-yarder in Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium...added game-high three passes defensed and tied for second on AFC with five stops... pick in third quarter off Carolina’s Cam Newton set up field goal for 31-28 AFC lead...returned second pick off Newton in fourth quarter 27 yards and lateraled to Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson who took it final 60 yards for touchdown and 59-35 AFC lead. 2010: Second-team AP All-Pro... touchdown saving pass defensed in end zone  during 29-23 win at Houston Nov. 7...Game Ball after 41-yard interception return touchdown vs. Manning and two deep passes defensed vs. Reggie Wayne in 36-14 win Nov. 28 at Indianapolis...career-high-tying 12 tackles Dec. 26 at Cincinnati. 2009: Game Ball after first-career interception return touchdown (31 yards) Sept. 27 vs. Miami for 23-6 lead... Game Ball following Dec. 25 win at Tennessee to clinch No. 2 seed in AFC playoffs...had late third quarter interception off Vince Young and helped force punt on next series with two-yard tackle for loss vs. NFL’s leading rusher, Chris Johnson. 2008: Team-record 86-yard fumble return touchdown Nov. 30 vs. Atlanta…career-high 12 tackles Dec. 21 win at Tampa Bay and again week later in AFC West clinching win over Denver Dec. 28…team-high three passes defensed and shared fourth-quarter tackle for loss in Jan. 5 Wild Card win vs. Indianapolis…sack among 11 tackles in Jan. 11 Divisional Playoffs at Pittsburgh. 2007: Series of big 3rd-down plays in first half of first-career game vs. Chicago…third-down tackle for loss, two quarterback pressures and sack on consecutive series...first-career interception to seal 35-10 win over Houston Oct. 28…one-handed interception prevented touchdown in third quarter of Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis.

COLLEGE: Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of Year and first-team all-conference in 2005 and ’06…first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior… Defensive MVP of 2005 Emerald Bowl…second-team all-conference, honor roll, Dean’s List and elected to Utah’s Football Leadership Committee as soph in ’04…Freshman All America, All-MWC honorable mention and Academic All-MWC pick in ’03…school-record nine forced fumbles...conference-record and second in school annals with 18 career interceptions…also second with three interception return touchdowns…tied MWC record,  eighth in nation and second in school history with seven interceptions as senior... only player in school and MWC history to score touchdowns passing, rushing, on interception return and fumble return in season (2006) and career …Walter Camp National Player of Week after ’06 game vs. San Diego State with three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, and rush score… also in ’06, on field for 90 plays vs. Air Force, scoring two rushing touchdowns and holding for game-winning field goal in 17-14 victory…late interception in ’06 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Tulsa sealed win in final collegiate game… played at Utah from 2003-06…special education major.

PERSONAL: Born in Fontana, Calif.…two-time Mt. Baldy League Offensive and Defensive MVP...three-time all-league, two-time All-CIF and Mt. Baldy Rookie of Year at Alta Loma (Calif.) High…lettered in basketball and baseball.

Eric Weddle is the Chargers’ Most Valuable Player, voted as such by teammates at the end of the 2012 season. Weddle garnered the team’s top honor after leading the squad with 111 tackles. He also tacked on first-team All-Pro honors from CBSSports.com and Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America, and second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press.         

Weddle has become one of the NFL’s top game-changers. His 10 interceptions over the last two seasons (2011-12) tied for third-most in the NFL and among his 16-career picks, three have been returned for touchdowns, including a 23-yard scoring return against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last November. Weddle has three career interceptions against Manning, two of which have been returned for touchdowns, while the third prevented a touchdown during a win over Manning’s Colts in the divisional playoffs at the end of Weddle’s rookie season. Weddle also has been a thorn in the side for the Kansas City Chiefs, recording four interceptions against them the last two seasons.         

A Southern California native, Weddle grew up in Alta Loma, 115 miles north of San Diego. He and his wife, Chanel, his former high school sweetheart, married in La Jolla in July 2005. The couple has three children,  daughters, Brooklyn Marie and Silver Jean, and son, Gaige. Weddle is a gym-rat and an avid golfer. He plays basketball and golf several times a week and is a single-digit handicap on the links. He also enjoys bowling and movie nights with the family. Eric and Chanel wed before his junior season at Utah. They lived near Utah State in Ogden, UT, where Chanel went to school and played soccer for the Aggies, while Eric commuted nearly an hour each way to Salt Lake City where the University of Utah is located for school and football.       

Weddle was a special education major at Utah who helped tutor students with learning disabilities. As a professional, he has remained active in the community supporting a number of worthy causes, including breast cancer as his grandmother is a two-time survivor of the disease.        

Weddle was drafted in the second round by the Chargers in 2007 after the team made a trade with Chicago to move up 25 spots in the round to select him. As a rookie, he was part of a secondary that led the NFL with 30 interceptions. Weddle moved into the starting lineup in 2008 and finished the year second on the team in tackles with a career-high 135, just one behind the team leader. He also set a team record with an 86-yard fumble return for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.               

Weddle’s all-around game improved each year and in 2010, he received his first all-pro honors when he was selected to the AP’s All-Pro second team after the Chargers finished the season ranked first in the NFL in pass defense. Weddle helped turn around a pass defense that just two seasons earlier ranked second-to-last in the league. Within months, the Chargers rewarded Weddle with a new five-year contract and it kicked off the best season of his young career in 2011. He helped clinch two early-season back-to-back wins with late fourth-quarter interceptions, becoming just the third Chargers defender to do so in the previous 20 years. It was the beginning of a Pro Bowl season in which Weddle tied for the NFL lead with a career-high seven picks. And it wasn’t just Pro Bowl accolades that Weddle earned, as a slew of All-Pro accolades followed, accompanied by his selection as the Chargers’ Defensive Player of the Year. Weddle even intercepted two passes in the Pro Bowl, one of which resulted in a touchdown after a lateral, while also breaking up a game-high three passes and tying for second with five tackles en route to a 59-41 win by the AFC.  

Weddle’s incredible rise through the NFL was recently chronicled in the book “No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story,” which was written by Trent Toone and published by Shadow Mountain. The book, which tells Weddle’s story of overcoming adversity and accomplishing impossible dreams, hit bookshelves in May. Weddle’s former coach at the University of Utah, Kyle Wittingham, wrote the foreword.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (37), April 28, 2007...signed four-year contract, July 24, 2007...signed new five-year contract, July 30, 2011.

2012: Chargers Most Valuable Player...first-team All-Pro by CBSSports.com and Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America...second-team Associated Press All-Pro...interception on second play of game Sept. 16 vs. Tennessee led to touchdown and 14-0 lead... Sept. 30 interception vs. Kansas City was fourth vs. Matt Cassel in team’s last three games...sack and forced fumble against New Orleans’ Drew Brees during Oct. 7 Sunday Night Football game was first sack since 2009...interception and 23-yard return for touchdown off Denver’s Peyton Manning Nov. 18 at Sports Authority Field...ended streak of 231 straight passes at home without interception by Manning... Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh, executed fake punt with four-yard run for first down from team’s own 28-yard line late in third quarter...six-yard, first-down run on 4th-and-1 fake punt in second quarter of Dec. 30 win vs. Oakland sustained touchdown drive that gave Chargers 17-7 lead. 2011: Pro Bowl starter...First-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly & the Professional Football Writers of America, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated...Chargers’ David Griggs Memorial Award as Defensive Player of Year...USA Football All-Fundamentals Team pick...game-clinching interception with 55 seconds left in fourth-quarter of 20-17 win over Kansas City Sept. 25...week later, intercepted Miami’s Chad Henne with 2:53 left in final quarter to preserve 26-16 victory...goal-line interception off New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez Oct. 23...career-high two picks off Chiefs’ Cassel in ESPN MNF game Oct. 31 at Arrowhead Stadium... first pick led to field goal and second late in fourth quarter helped send game to OT...Dec. 5 interception during Monday Night Football game in Jacksonville led to touchdown and 24-14 lead...career-best seventh interception of season lead to touchdown for 13-0 lead in Dec. 11 win over Buffalo... game-high two interceptions with 90 yards in returns, including 63-yarder in Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium...added game-high three passes defensed and tied for second on AFC with five stops... pick in third quarter off Carolina’s Cam Newton set up field goal for 31-28 AFC lead...returned second pick off Newton in fourth quarter 27 yards and lateraled to Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson who took it final 60 yards for touchdown and 59-35 AFC lead. 2010: Second-team AP All-Pro... touchdown saving pass defensed in end zone  during 29-23 win at Houston Nov. 7...Game Ball after 41-yard interception return touchdown vs. Manning and two deep passes defensed vs. Reggie Wayne in 36-14 win Nov. 28 at Indianapolis...career-high-tying 12 tackles Dec. 26 at Cincinnati. 2009: Game Ball after first-career interception return touchdown (31 yards) Sept. 27 vs. Miami for 23-6 lead... Game Ball following Dec. 25 win at Tennessee to clinch No. 2 seed in AFC playoffs...had late third quarter interception off Vince Young and helped force punt on next series with two-yard tackle for loss vs. NFL’s leading rusher, Chris Johnson. 2008: Team-record 86-yard fumble return touchdown Nov. 30 vs. Atlanta…career-high 12 tackles Dec. 21 win at Tampa Bay and again week later in AFC West clinching win over Denver Dec. 28…team-high three passes defensed and shared fourth-quarter tackle for loss in Jan. 5 Wild Card win vs. Indianapolis…sack among 11 tackles in Jan. 11 Divisional Playoffs at Pittsburgh. 2007: Series of big 3rd-down plays in first half of first-career game vs. Chicago…third-down tackle for loss, two quarterback pressures and sack on consecutive series...first-career interception to seal 35-10 win over Houston Oct. 28…one-handed interception prevented touchdown in third quarter of Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis.

COLLEGE: Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of Year and first-team all-conference in 2005 and ’06…first-team All-America as senior and second-team as junior… Defensive MVP of 2005 Emerald Bowl…second-team all-conference, honor roll, Dean’s List and elected to Utah’s Football Leadership Committee as soph in ’04…Freshman All America, All-MWC honorable mention and Academic All-MWC pick in ’03…school-record nine forced fumbles...conference-record and second in school annals with 18 career interceptions…also second with three interception return touchdowns…tied MWC record,  eighth in nation and second in school history with seven interceptions as senior... only player in school and MWC history to score touchdowns passing, rushing, on interception return and fumble return in season (2006) and career …Walter Camp National Player of Week after ’06 game vs. San Diego State with three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, and rush score… also in ’06, on field for 90 plays vs. Air Force, scoring two rushing touchdowns and holding for game-winning field goal in 17-14 victory…late interception in ’06 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Tulsa sealed win in final collegiate game… played at Utah from 2003-06…special education major.

PERSONAL: Born in Fontana, Calif.…two-time Mt. Baldy League Offensive and Defensive MVP...three-time all-league, two-time All-CIF and Mt. Baldy Rookie of Year at Alta Loma (Calif.) High…lettered in basketball and baseball.

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