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An In-Depth Look at Jahleel Addae

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.

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