Former Pro Bowl cornerback Dre’ Bly is the latest ex-NFL star whose son will play in the college ranks.
Unlike the Samuel family, where Asante Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps by manning cornerback at Florida State, the Bly clan is headed down a different path.
Meet Jordan Bly, who will play a different position for a different school than his father did.
Dre’ Bly had an excellent NFL career
A 5-foot-10 cornerback who played collegiately at North Carolina, Donald Andre’ Bly — or Dre’, as he went by — played 11 NFL seasons.
The St. Louis Rams, a few months away from Kurt Warner’s miraculous Super Bowl season, invested a second-round pick on Bly. The rookie corner snagged three interceptions, including a 53-yard pick-six, and capped his rookie season with a Super Bowl ring.
Bly remained in St. Louis through 2002 and totaled 14 interceptions in four seasons. Bly joined the Detroit Lions in 2003 and made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons. He also earned All-Pro honors in 2003.
Once again, Bly showcased his ball-hawking skills with 19 interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in four years.
Bly spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons alongside Champ Bailey in Denver. He ended his career with three interceptions for the San Francisco 49ers in 2009.
Bly is now a rising college football coach
Despite having never been a college football coach before the 2019 season, North Carolina head coach Mack Brown hired Dre’ Bly as his cornerbacks coach.
Bly played under Brown at North Carolina in the late 1990s. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1996 and 1997, Brown’s final two seasons with the Tar Heels before he took the Texas coaching job.
North Carolina went 6-6 (4-4 in the ACC) last year. They defeated the Temple Owls in the 2019 Military Bowl.
Dre’ Bly’s son, Jordan, just committed to play at Old Dominion
Dre’ Bly’s son, Jordan, is a 5-foot-10 receiver at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Bly caught 39 passes for 501 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He recently committed to play football at Old Dominion starting next year.
Unlike his father, the younger Bly intends to focus on receiver at the next level.
In an interview with the Virginian-Pilot, Bly explained his goals for his college journey.
“I just want to show everybody what I can do. I’m going out there and making a name for myself. Making sure they know it’s Jordan, and not my dad.”
247 Sports currently considers Jordan Bly a three-star prospect.
Jordan isn’t the only one of Dre’ Bly’s son to play for a Conference USA program. Trey Bly is a 5-foot-8 cornerback who redshirted for the Charlotte 49ers last year.