Jeff Blake played with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1994 to 1999, but who would’ve thought at the age of 42 he could still fling the pigskin around the field? He threw to his son Emory Blake, who was showcasing his talents for scouts at Auburn University’s pro day. The younger Blake was impressed with the way his father performed.
“It’s something I always planned, sometimes you never know how the old man’s going to hold up,” Emory told Joel Erickson of AL.com. “It was an easy decision for me; he’s always thrown the ball well…Honestly, my dad throws probably the most perfect ball I’ve ever caught. It’s never too heavy. A lot of quarterbacks step in there and try to drill you; he’s just trying to make it a catch-able ball. That makes it easy for me as a receiver.”
Jeff explained that this was a long time coming and that he owed his son for all the times Emory helped him in workouts.
“I’ve been throwing it to him for a very long time,” Jeff said. “Somebody had to get me ready for the season when I played; he was my receiver during the offseason.”
Jeff, who last played in 2005, was a Pro Bowl selection in 1995 with the Bengals when he threw for 3,822 yards and 28 touchdowns. He had 15,134 passing yards in his six-seasons in Cincinnati. Shake-N-Blake, as he was known by Cincinnati media and fans, was best known for his running ability and arm strength.