A former Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks, Brandon Mebane will play his second season for the Chargers in 2017.
The fiery Mebane made an instant impact on the Bolts during his first campaign in 2016. He was voted a team captain at the start of the year, and he was named the team’s most inspirational player at the end of it. Routinely, Mebane spoke to the team to help invigorate them before games. He started the first 10 games of the Bolts’ season before a Week 10 biceps injury forced him onto injured reserve.
A Los Angeles native, Mebane returned to Southern California after spending his first nine NFL seasons in Seattle where he played in 142 games with 134 starts, including 11 postseason games and nine starts. His career totals (postseason included) with the Seahawks included 386 tackles, 15.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. He was named All-Pro by Sports Illustrated in 2013.
Mebane comes from a very close-knit and athletic family. His father, Walter Jr., played basketball at Norfolk State (Va.). His mother, Joyce, is an outstanding bowler and softball player who also has a history in roller derby. Mebane’s grandfather, Walter Sr., was a 6-8, 320-pound defensive tackle who played at Hampton (Va.) University. And his older brother, Walter III, played middle linebacker at Temple.
Mebane’s father later served in the Air Force, and his mother spent 40-plus years working as an aerospace engineer for Northrup Grumman. Several of Mebane’s uncles also served in the armed forces.
Mebane’s wife, Amena, is a lawyer and the couple has two children – Makai and Mahailey.
Mebane’s hobbies include listening to music with his kids and watching HGTV and the DIY Networks.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick by Seattle (85th overall), April 28, 2007...signed July 25, 2007...contract expired July 25, 2011...re-signed with Seahawks July 29...contract expired March 9, 2016...signed three-year contract with Chargers, March 10.
2017: Started all 16 contests, totaling 57 tackles (22 solo)...Surpassed 400 career tackles and 145 career games played in the first quarter of the season…Appeared in the 150th game of his career against Jacksonville…Started the 150th game of his career in the contest at the Jets…Awards: Ed Block Courage Award...at Denver (Sept. 11): Started at NT, appearing on 46 defensive plays and five on special teams...Registered six tackles (four solo)...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Posted an assisted tackle and played 35 snaps on defense after opening the game at NT...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Started at NT, totaling five tackles (three solo) on 35 defensive snaps...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Posted six tackles (three solo) to reach 400 career tackles...Started at NT, seeing action on 48 defensive plays...It marked his 145th career game played…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Participated on 35 defensive snaps after starting at NT…Totaled five tackles (three solo) and a tackle for loss…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started at NT, seeing action on 33 defensive plays and one on special teams…Registered five tackles (four solo)…Early in the third quarter, penetrated the Oakland offensive line on second-and-two to force RB DeAndré Washington to turn into a tackle by ILB Hayes Pullard…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Played 27 snaps on defense after starting at NT, registering two assisted tackles…at New England (Oct. 29): Started at NT, playing on 47 defensive snaps…Assisted on a tackle…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Appeared in game No. 150 for his career, starting at NT and playing 41 defensive snaps…Finished with four assisted tackles…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Opened the game at NT for his 145th career start…Assisted on a tackle, seeing action on 25 defensive plays…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Appeared on 25 defensive plays after starting at NT…Assisted on three tackles…Early in the second quarter, forced QB Dak Prescott to step up in the pocket and scramble before DT Tenny Palepoi brought him down for a sack…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Started at NT and played 34 defensive snaps, posting two tackles (one solo)…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Totaled three tackles (one solo)…Burst through the line into the Washington backfield and chased down RB Samaje Perine to combine with S Adrian Phillips for a tackle…Started at NT and played 25 snaps on defense…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Tied a season high with six tackles (one solo)…Appeared in the 155th game of his career, starting at NT and playing 33 snaps on defense…Added five plays on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Registered start No. 150 of his career, opening the game at NT…Played 24 snaps on defense, posting five tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Assisted on a tackle, seeing action on 27 defensive plays.
2016: Team Captain...Chargers Most Inspirational Player...Sept. 11 at Kansas City, forced third-quarter punt with 10-yard sack on 3rd-and-4 play....added three pressures and two QB hits vs. Chiefs...six-yard tackle for loss early in first quarter Oct. 2 vs. New Orleans...Chargers got sack on 3rd-and-13 to force punt and scored game-tying touchdown on ensuing possession...first NFL interception on opening series of game Oct. 9 at Oakland...tied for team-high with four quarterback pressures in 21-13 win over Denver Oct. 13...suffered torn bicep Nov. 13 vs. Miami...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Nov. 22.
2015: Season-high five tackles Sept. 20 at Green Bay...shared nine-yard sack in Oct. 22 win at San Francisco...eight-yard sack in Dec. 20 win vs. Cleveland.
2014: Nine-yard sack in 13-9 win at Carolina Oct. 26...placed on “Reserve-Injured” (hamstring) Nov. 11, ending streak of 110 games played.
2013: Back-to-back season-high six-tackle performances Dec. 22 vs. Arizona and Dec. 29 vs. St. Louis...three solo tackles in Feb. 2 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.
2012: Season-high two passes defensed Sept. 9 at Arizona...season-best two sacks in 14-12 win over Green Bay Sept. 24...season-high seven tackles in 24-23 win Oct. 14 vs. New England...12-yard sack Oct. 28 at Detroit.
2011: Two tackles for loss in 24-7 win at St. Louis Nov. 20...season-best seven stops Dec. 24 vs. San Francisco.
2010: Two tackles for loss Sept. 19 at Denver...seven-yard sack in 27-20 win vs. Chargers Sept. 26...season-best six tackles, including two for loss, in Jan. 16 Divisional Playoffs at Chicago.
2009: Sack and tackle for loss in season-opening 28-0 win vs. St. Louis Sept. 13...season-high six tackles Dec. 27 at Green Bay...two tackles for loss in 32-20 win vs. Detroit Nov. 8 and again along with half-sack in 20-17 win over 49ers Dec. 6...season-best six stops Dec. 27 at Green Bay.
2008: Season-high two tackles for loss and sack Sept. 14 vs. 49ers...TFL among season-high five stops Oct. 12 vs. Packers...half-sack and season-high four QB hits Dec. 21 vs. N.Y. Jets.
2007: First NFL sack in 24-21 win Sept. 23 vs. Cincinnati...sack in 42-21 win vs. Arizona Dec. 9.
COLLEGE: Third-team All-America and first-team All-Pac-10 as senior...first-team All-Pac-10 and team’s most valuable defensive lineman as junior...finished career with 31 starts in 41 games, 109 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss...played at Cal from 2003-06...social welfare major.
PERSONAL: Born in Los Angeles, Calif. ...All-America as senior at Crenshaw High in Los Angeles...Los Angeles City Central Player of Year and all-state as senior...Los Angeles City Defensive Player of Year as junior...three-time all-city, all-central city and all-league...first-team Best of West by Long Beach Press-Telegram and All-Region by Sports Illustrated...lettered as shot putter in track.