Eric Weddle was a National Football League(NFL) free safety for 13 seasons until his retirement in 2020 and is considered to be one of the best safeties to ever play the game. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played for the Chargers for 9 seasons (2007-2015). He was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 where he played 3 seasons (2016-2018) before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2019. After one season with the Rams, Weddle announced his retirement on February 6, 2020. Weddle has racked up many career accolades,including having been named to the Pro Bowl six times and honored as an All-Pro five times.
Weddle was the NFL interceptions leader in 2011, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for the San Diego Chargers (2011, 2013), and was named to the NFL 2010s All Decade Team. He played college football at the University of Utah, where he was named two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006), two-time First-team All-MWC (2005, 2006), and a consensus All-American (2006).
A Southern California native,Weddle grew up in Alta Loma, 35 miles east of Los Angeles and attended Vineyard Jr High School for his 7th and 8th grade years. He and his wife, Chanel, his former high school sweetheart, married in La Jolla in July 2005. The couple has four children, Brooklyn Marie, Silver Jean, Gaige Leroy, and Kamri Joe. Eric and Chanel wed before his junior season at Utah. They lived around Ogden, Utah,to be nearer to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where Chanel went to school and played soccer for the Aggies, while Eric commuted nearly an hour each way to Salt Lake City, where the University of Utah is located, for school and football.
Weddle is a gym rat, an avid golfer, plays basketball, and enjoys bowling and movie nights with his family.He golfs several times a week. Weddle was a special education major at Utah who helped tutor students with learning disabilities. As a professional, he has remained active in the community supporting a number of worthy causes,including breast cancer as his grandmother is a two-time survivor of the disease. While in college at The University of Utah, Weddle converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.