Player Bio

Blake Costanzo
OLB #52
Height:
6-1
Weight:
235
College:
Lafayette
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 91 72 59 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 CHI 16 9 7 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CHI 14 9 6 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 SF 16 12 11 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 10 7 5 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CLE 16 14 9 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 BUF 16 15 15 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 BUF 3 6 6 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Entering second season in Chicago and sixth overall in the NFL, playing in 75 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2007-08), Cleveland Browns (2009-10), San Francisco 49ers (2011) and Bears (2012), gathering 82 special teams stops, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries to go along with 8 defensive tackles… Made first career start at strongside linebacker on 12/16/12 vs. Green Bay as a member of the Bears… Selected to SI.com's All-Pro team as a special teamer in 2009... In two career postseason games, registered 4 special teams tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
PRO CAREER: Entering second season in Chicago and sixth overall in the NFL, playing in 75 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2007-08), Cleveland Browns (2009-10), San Francisco 49ers (2011) and Bears (2012), gathering 82 special teams stops, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries to go along with 8 defensive tackles… Made first career start at strongside linebacker on 12/16/12 vs. Green Bay as a member of the Bears… Selected to SI.com's All-Pro team as a special teamer in 2009... In two career postseason games, registered 4 special teams tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

HONORS AND AWARDS: 2009 - SI.com All-Pro Team.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as an undrafted free agent with New York Jets (5/12/06)… Waived by the Jets (9/2/06)… Signed by the New York Jets and allocated to NFL Europe (2/12/07)… Waived by the Jets (9/1/07)… Signed to Buffalo's practice squad (10/24/07)… Signed by the Bills to the active roster (12/14/07)… Waived by Buffalo (6/11/09)… Claimed by Cleveland via waivers (6/16/09)… Signed 1-year contract with the Browns (3/17/10)… Signed 1-year contract with San Francisco (8/3/11)… Signed 2-year contract with Chicago (3/14/12). SIGNED through 2013

2012 SEASON: Played in 14 contests for Chicago with 1 start at SLB… Finished tied for second on team with 11 special teams stops… Part of punt coverage unit that ranked first in the NFL allowing 3.4 yards per return and kickoff coverage unit that ranked fourth in the league at 20.7 yards per return… Made first career start on 12/16 vs. GB at strongside linebacker… Inactive Games 15-16 with a calf injury. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 14-1

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in all 16 contests for San Francisco… Finished second on team with 17 special teams stops… Saw action in both 49ers playoff contests and paced team with 4 special teams stops with 1 FF and 1 FR. 2010 - Appeared in 10 contests with Cleveland recording 7 special teams tackles… Part of kickoff coverage unit that ranked first in NFL allowing league-low 17.8 ypr… Also part of punt coverage unit that ranked fifth in NFL allowing 7.1 ypr… Placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. 2009 - Saw action in all 16 contests for Cleveland, collecting team-high 14 special teams stops, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble… Named to SI.com All-Pro Team as a special teamer… Tied for first in the AFC and 3rd in the NFL with 3 opponent FRs… Part of Browns coverage unit that topped NFL allowing just 18.9 yards per kickoff return. 2008 - Appeared in all 16 games for Buffalo and led the Bills with 26 special teams tackles. 2007 - Played in final three contests of season for Buffalo after spending 7 weeks on the Bills practice squad… Posted 7 special teams stops… Made NFL debut at CLE (12/16).

COLLEGE: A three-year starter at Lafayette College, finished his career with 307 tackles, 18 sacks, 3 INTs, 12 PDs, 4 FFs and 3 FRs... Notched 86 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior... Graduated with a degree in sociology.

PERSONAL: Three-year letterwinner at Ramapo (NJ) High School, playing LB and TE... Won two state championships...

Named all-state first team and all-Bergen County first team as a senior.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • ITB: Costanzo's cars

    Posted Jan 13, 2014

    Bears linebacker and special teamer Blake Costanzo spends his down time building American muscle cars and classic cars. Costanzo shows us his latest restoration project, a 1929 Ford Sedan.

  • Bear Trax: Cowboys-Bears

    Posted Dec 10, 2013

    Catch all the action on the Bears' sideline from their Monday night show down with the Dallas Cowboys in the frigid December weather.

  • ITB: Bears help tornado victims

    Posted Nov 26, 2013

    Robbie Gould and a few of his current and former teammates traveled to Coal City, Illinois with the American Red Cross to help deliver emergency supplies to victims of the November 17th tornadoes.

  • Players support tornado relief

    Posted Nov 20, 2013

    Kicker Robbie Gould, along with several other current and former Bears traveled to Coal City, IL on Tuesday to support the American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in Southern Illinois. Visit chicagobears.com/tornadorelief to bid in the online auction or make a donation.