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Michael Blair
#27 | Running Back | Hitmen Roster

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Through 2001 Regular Season
Regular 16 61 3.8 19 0 10 73 7.3 14 0 0 0 0
Position: RB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 240
College: Ball State
Born: 11-26-74 in Chicago, IL
Last Team: New Orleans Saints
How Acquired: P.A.S.S

Professional Football: Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 28, 1997…was waived during training camp (8/15/97) and spent the remainder of the year out of football…signed with the Packers as a free agent on April 22, 1998…was selected by Cleveland in the 1999 expansion draft…was on the active roster of the Frankfort Galaxy in 2000...signed as a free agent by the Saints in 2000.

College Football: Ball State University…was a four-year starter and letter winner (1993-96)…finished as the school's second all-time career rusher with 3,051 yards on 668 carries (4.6 avg.), with a school-record 31 touchdowns…also had 92 receptions for 889 yards and six touchdowns as he started 41 of 44 career games for the Cardinals…his 37 total touchdowns is also a school record…posted 12 career 100-yard games with Ball State, second in team annals…earned second-team All-Mid-America Conference honors as a senior in 1996, rushing for 680 yards and eight touchdowns on 147 carries…was an All-MAC second-team selection as a junior, finishing with 819 yards rushing on 218 carries with four touchdowns…as a freshman, garnered first-team All-MAC honors and was named Freshman of the Year, as he rushed for 738 yards and eight touchdowns…contributed 41 receptions for 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Cardinals captured the MAC title…he added a two-yard touchdown pass in Ball State's Las Vegas Bowl appearance…redshirted in 1992…also participated in track, lettering once…earned bachelor’s degree in journalism, emphasizing in graphic design.

Personal: Full name is Michaelangelo Christopher Blair…rushed for 1,200 yards and racked up 1,800 all-purpose yards as a senior at Thornwood (South Holland, Ill.) High School…a tailback and cornerback, he lettered four years in football and four times in track…interests include studying dinosaurs, science fiction and geology…single, resides in Dolton, Ill.

Nickname Explanation: Blair's nickname Gladiator represents "a depiction of what we go through on the field." Blair states that football is "survival of the fittest" and players must adopt the gladiator mindset in order to be successful and dominate in a football game. Blair wrote what he calls a poem or short monologue that expresses this sentiment and provides a view of the game of football through his eyes. The inspiration for his "poem" was the movies Remember the Titans and Gladiator. He is willing to share this "poem" with the television people provided that he receives copyright protection and "gets paid."

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