One of the team’s hardest hitters, Jahleel Addae became the Chargers’ starting strong safety in 2015 and he had one of his best seasons. His 65 tackles ranked sixth on the team.
Addae joined the Chargers as an undrafted rookie from Central Michigan in 2013. He made the team’s opening-day roster and, early on, his primary role was on special teams. As the coaching staff gained more confidence in his ability, late in the year, Addae became a defensive regular. He made a number of big plays late in the season and led the secondary with 13 tackles in the playoffs. When the Chargers beat Kansas City in their regular-season finale to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Addae made a key third-down pass breakup during the Bolts’ game-winning defensive stand. In the postseason, he had a key fumble recovery in the team’s AFC Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati and a forced fumble a week later in the divisional playoffs at Denver.
While Addae enjoyed success on the field in 2013, he faced personal adversity at home. At the same time he was trying to make inroads with the Chargers, Addae learned that his mother, Jennifer, was battling breast cancer back in their hometown of Valrico, Florida. Thankfully, today she is cancer free. In 2014, he showed his appreciation for her courage in battling the disease by serving as an honorary chair for the 2014 & 2015 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Addae’s older brother, Jahmile, was a four-year starter at West Virginia. After a brief NFL career, Jahmile transitioned into coaching and he is now coaching safeties at the University of Arizona.
Addae has long been a ferocious hitter with a nose for the football. In college, teammates nicknamed him “The Hitman.”
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 13, 2013...re-signed March 25, 2016.
2015: Inactive Weeks 2-4 (ankle)...left Green Bay game Oct. 18 with back injury...left Kansas City game Nov. 22 in third-quarter with concussion...two passes defensed in 31-25 win at Jacksonville Nov. 29...12-yard sack late in second quarter Dec. 24 at Oakland...late in fourth quarter vs. Raiders, helped send game to overtime by drawing 11-yard intentional grounding penalty against David Carr.
2014: Inactive Weeks 1-2 (hamstring)...fourth quarter sack Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...diagnosed with concussion following Oct. 23 game at Denver...inactive Nov. 2 at Miami, Nov. 16 vs. Oakland and Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis...forced fumble Dec. 7 vs. New England was recovered by Darrell Stuckey and returned 53 yards for touchdown...paced team with career-high 10 tackles Dec. 14 vs. Denver.
2013: Crushing blow to break up third-down pass intended for Kenny Britt Sept. 22 at Tennessee...first-career sack on third-down play early in game Oct. 20 at Jacksonville...broke up third down pass during game-saving overtime stand in Dec. 29 win vs. Kansas City that lifted Bolts into NFL playoffs...third-down fumble recovery in Jan. 5 wild card playoffs at Cincinnati led to field goal and 17-10 lead...third down forced fumble vs. Denver’s Julius Thomas in Jan. 12 divisional playoffs.
COLLEGE: Second Team All-MAC as senior, first-team as junior and third-team as sophomore...CMU’s co-Defensive Player of Year as senior after winning award outright as junior... invited to East-West Shrine Game following senior season... tied for conference lead with four picks as senior and junior... MAC Defensive Player of Week after Miami (Ohio) game in 2012...51 career games with 302 career tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 21 passes defensed and three forced fumbles...redshirted in 2008...played at Central Michigan from 2009-12...general management major.
PERSONAL: Born in Tampa, Fla....third-team all-state as senior, second-team all-state as sophomore...two-time all-county running back at Riverview High School in Valrico, Fla.