Blake Bortles is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (third overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles’ tenure in Jacksonville featured ups-and-downs, including setting team records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season in 2015.
Bortles attended Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida, where he excelled in football and baseball for the Lions athletic teams. Similarly, as a senior, he completed 151 of 233 passes for 2,211 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He finished his high school career with a Seminole County record 5,576 career passing yards and 53 touchdowns.
Labelled a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Bortles was listed as the No. 44 pro-style quarterback in his class. Bortles chose UCF over offers from Colorado State, Purdue, Tulane, and Western Kentucky.
Bortles accepted the offer from UCF, which was the first college to offer him a scholarship and was located near his home. He was redshirted as a true freshman in 2010. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in 10 games, completing 75 of 110 passes for 958 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. As a sophomore in 2012, he started all 14 games at quarterback. Further, he completed 251 of 399 passes for 3,059 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 285 yards and scored eight touchdowns. Likewise, he was the MVP of the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl after completing 22 of 32 passes for 271 yards with three touchdowns and 79 rushing yards against the Ball State Cardinals.
On January 5, 2014, Bortles announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Moreover, on June 18, he signed his rookie contract worth $20.6 million guaranteed for four years with the team.
Additionally, Bortles is the son of Rob and Suzy Bortles. Rob was a wrestler and football player in high school; Suzy played high school softball.
- Full Name: Robby Blake Bortles
- Date of Birth: April 28, 1992
- Age: 27 years
- Birth Place: Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States
- Height: 1.96 m
- Nickname: Bortle Kombat
- Nationality: American
- Current team: Los Angeles Rams (#5 / Quarterback)
- School: University of Central Florida
- High school: Oviedo (Oviedo, Florida)
- College: UCF
- NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
- Position: Quarterback
- Net Worth: $20 Million
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