Name: Donald Andre Bly
Born: Chesapeake, Va (Western Branch High)
Personal: Married (Kristyn) with son (Trey) and resides in Creve Coeur, Mo.
The Skinny: Very competitive nickel cornerback that will start immediately for Detroit, likely playing opposite second-year man Chris Cash. Excellent man-to-man cover instincts and ball awareness. Selected by Rams in second round (41st overall) of 1999 NFL Draft from North Carolina.
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Ran "Dre Bly Football" camp for six-seasons, part of the Sports International Football Camps (associated with the St. Louis Rams) ... Found guilty Jan. 10, 2001 of destruction of property (broke tree limb near an intersection on oceanfront resort strip). ... Convicted of reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55 mph zone on March 14. ... Editor's Note: He seems to be a nice guy after his press conference in Detroit, so we'll let these minor run-in's slide .
HIGH SCHOOL ACCOLADES: All-Tidewater, All-City, All-Eastern Region, All-State and all-District choice. Had 36 career touchdowns and 16 interceptions as three-year starter. Tallied 41 tackles and seven interceptions as a Senior. Also returned kicks and played wing-back in High School, won Southeast District Offensive Player of the Year. Picked off eight passes as a junior, returning one for a touchdown. Lettered three times as centerfielder on baseball team
COLLEGE ACCOLADES (North Carolina):
1998: Joined UCLA safety Ken Easley (1978-80) as first defensive player to garner consensus All-American first-team honors three consecutive seasons. Recorded 44 tackles and four interceptions. Became the ACC's career interception leader during a contest against Wake Forest.
1997: Associated Press All-American first team. Finalist for Defensive Player of the Year along with Charles Woodson and Andy Katzenmoyer. Also a finalist for Jim Thorpe award. Tallied five interceptions during season. Helped propel UNC defense to second best in country.
1996: Became the first freshman in ACC to earn consensus first-team All-American honors, also won ACC Rookie of the Year. Joined Herschel Walker, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk and Bjorn Merten as only freshmen to be named to the Associated Press All-America First Team. Edged out by Charles Woodson for Defensive Back of the Year (Jim Thorpe Award). Tied freshman record with three INT's against Georgia Tech. Tallied 11 interceptions during season.
2002: Started all 16 games for St. Louis in 2002, registering 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 2 touchdowns, 19 passes deflected and 2 fumble recoveries (three forced). Bly also tallied 163 tackles (151 solo)
2001: Played in 16 games with four starts racked up 45 tackles (30 solo) with a career-high six interceptions (doubling his previous career-high) and eight passes defensed finished tied for sixth in NFC with six interceptions of six interceptions, two returned for touchdowns and three were in the red zone established postseason career-high with 10 tackles (nine solo) with four passes defensed also returned three punts for 12 yards in postseason picked off first pass in season opener at Philadelphia 9/9 for one yard return made one tackle and had a key interception that set up an 11-play, 99-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown run by RB Marshall Faulk to break open the Rams lead to 28-10 against Miami 9/30 set career-high by tallying 11 tackles with seven solo in a Monday Night Football contest at Detroit 10/8 returned intercepted pass by Lions QB Ty Detmer with 3:56 left in first quarter, 93 yards for touchdown, the sixth longest interception return for a touchdown in Rams history saw first action of the season returning kickoffs at New Orleans 10/28, returned five kickoffs for 110 yards registered three solo tackles and returned first punt of career for two yards at New England 11/18 collected seven tackles and an interception, returning it 56 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter at Atlanta 12/2 started game at New Orleans 12/17, where he tied for the lead among defensive backs (S Kim Herring) with eight tackles and also made an interception in end zone in fourth quarter returned one punt for seven yards, collected three tackles, and recovered a fumble on Panthers field goal attempt returning it 15 yards before pitching it to CB Dexter McCleon, who ran the final 29 yards for the touchdown to give the Rams a 21-10 lead in the second quarter at Carolina 12/23 returned one punt for six yards and notched four solo tackles with a game-high and career-high three passes defensed in NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Green Bay 1/20 returned three punts for six yards and made three solo tackles with one pass defensed in Super Bowl XXXVI against New England 2/3.
2000: Saw action in 16 games with three starts registered career highs in tackles (51), passes defensed (13), and sacks (one) and added three interceptions and eight special teams tackles collected first interception of season for 22 yards and made season-high three passes defensed vs. San Francisco 9/17 recorded four tackles (three solo), first career sack, and one interception for eight yards following week at Atlanta 9/24 made seven tackles (six solo) in first start of season at San Francisco 10/29 recorded one interception for 14 yards and made three solo tackles in season finale at New Orleans 12/24 helping Rams clinch playoff berth.
1999: Played in 16 regular season games with two starts and saw action in three playoff games...finished with 18 tackles, seven passes defensed and six special teams tackles finished third on roster with three ints.