Dre Bly’s Biography
Dre is the only player in North Carolina history to be named a three-time, first-team All-America. He was a first-team All-America as a redshirt freshman in 1996 (AP, Walter Camp) and earned consensus All-America honors in 1997 and 1998 for head coaches Mack Brown (1996-97) and Carl Torbush (1998). One of the best cover corners in ACC history, Bly led the nation and set an ACC single-season record with 11 interceptions in his freshman season of 1996. The record stood until NC State’s David Amerson topped it. He still shares, with Amerson, the ACC mark for most interceptions per game in a season (1.00) and his 20 career interceptions, at the time an ACC record, still ranks second on the ACC career list. A three-time letterman, he helped lead the Tar Heels to a 28-8 mark during his time in Chapel Hill. A three-time first-team All-ACC selection, Bly was the 41st overall selection in the second round of the 1999 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to an 11-year NFL career with St. Louis, Detroit, Denver and San Francisco. While with St. Louis, he helped the Rams to win Super Bowl XXXIV and reach Super Bowl XXXVI. He was twice named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl (2003, 2004) and earned All-Pro honors in 2003. In his 11 years in the NFL, he totaled 419 tackles and 43 career interceptions. In 2003, he was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Football team. A native of Chesapeake, Va., he currently resides in Charlotte, N.C.