4M Sports' Blades Elected to College Hall of Fame

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University of Miami's Bennie Blades elected to college Hall of Fame.

4M Sports & Entertainment proudly announces that Bennie Blades, one of the greatest players ever play in a Miami Hurricane uniform and valued client of 4M Sports & Entertainment, was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bennie is only one of three Hurricanes to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The others are Ted Hendricks and Don Bosseler. Bennie is the first from the modern era of Hurricane football to be voted into the Hall of Fame.

Blades will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 49th annual Awards Dinner on December 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. He joins one of the most significant and impressive classes in years which include the likes of Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Mike Rozier, Charlie Ward and coaches, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden. The class of 2006 will be officially enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana during ceremonies in summer 2007.

"I am ecstatic," said Blades, who lives in Sunrise, Florida and is now working as a financial analyst and advisor. There have been some great Hurricanes players before me, during my era, and after me, and for God to have blessed me with this honor, well, I'm floored. Words can't describe what it means to me. This tribute also gives me the opportunity to bring the Blades Foundation to the forefront so we are better able to help children across the country. I have been blessed throughout my life and would like to continue to pass that blessing on to young people and make a difference in their lives.”

Blades played for the Hurricanes from 1985 to 1987. He was named first-team All-America in both 1986 and 1987 by both Associated Press and United Press International, adding honors as a senior in 1987 from Kodak, The Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America. He received the Jim Thorpe Award as college football's best defensive back in 1987.

In 1987, Blades led the University of Miami to the national championship and a 12-0 record. He made 124 tackles, intercepted five passes and was named a consensus All-American. He ended his UM career as the school's all-time leader with 19 interceptions and 305 interception return yards. He also set school records for most consecutive games with an interception (five), total tackles by a safety (286), and unassisted tackles by a safety (155). Blades led the nation in interceptions in 1986 (0.91 per game). He was a first-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions (the third pick overall) in the 1988 NFL draft. He played for the Lions for nine seasons, appearing in 136 games.

“To sum up my UM career, it was a family," said Blades, now 39. "That's why I am honored. We were a tight-knit bunch. We played as one. We lived in the dormitories as one. Anybody on those teams from 1985 to '87 could have been a star. We pushed each other, and especially with Jimmy Johnson pushing us during practice, the games were easy."

Johnson, who recruited and coached Blades, said, "Bennie Blades was the most athletic, biggest and strongest defensive back I ever coached. He was a great hitter. He had great instincts and great speed - he had it all. I am really happy for Bennie.”

C.T. Andolina, Managing Partner of 4M Sports & Entertainment, the company that markets and manages the Blades Foundation said; “We could not be more proud of anyone in out organization than we are of Bennie right now. Bennie works as hard off the field with his foundation as he did on the field when he played. His dedication to the Blades foundation for Children is unmatched. He believes that his induction into the Hall of Fame is a gateway to help raise money for his foundation. I am thrilled to part of this and we will be in the crowd cheering the loudest when he in inducted.”

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