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Blades anchors improving Pitt defense

H.B. Blades passed on continuing the family legacy at Miami and has established his own success and identity at Pittsburgh, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: August 23, 2006, 6:02 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh middle linebacker H.B. Blades' pedigree suggested he would play college football at the University of Miami. His father, Bennie, was a two-time All-America safety for the Hurricanes, and two uncles -- wide receiver Brian Blades and safety Al Blades -- also played there. All three Blades brothers won national championships while playing at Miami and later played in the NFL.

But Horatio Benedict Blades' personality seemed to be a better fit for Pittsburgh, the then-Big East rival ...

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