Avon Blocksdale

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Avon Blocksdale
Avon Blocksdale
Avon Blocksdale
No. 6 – Baltimore Hawks
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1996-06-06)June 6, 1996 (aged 50)
Brooklyn, New York
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Boys and Girls School
College:Penn State
ISFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4th Round / Pick: 28
Career history
Roster status:Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • NSFL Pro Bowl 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Career NSFL leader in Passer Rating
  • Career NSFL leader in Touchdown to Interception Ratio
  • Third all time NSFL Completion Percentage
  • Third most Passing Touchdowns
  • Fourth most Passing Yards
Career NSFL statistics as of Week 15, 2026
Passing Attempts:4,001
Passing Completions:2,398
Completion Percentage:59.9
Passing Yards:30,625
Passing Touchdowns:225
Interceptions:82
Passer Rating:94.1
Player stats at ISFL.net
NSFL coaching record
Regular season:53-46
Postseason:2-4
Career:55-50

Avon Blocksdale (born June 06, 1996) is an American football Quarterback for the Baltimore Hawks of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). He played college football for Penn State before entering the professional ranks in 2017.

Early years

Avon Blocksdale was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. From a young age Avon was a natural football talent. Initially playing flag football in Brooklyn, he was a stand out at two usually unrelated positions; Offensive Line and Quarterback. He was initially scouted by teams as a Quarterback, but a freak injury in high school led doctors to say he will likely never throw a football again. In spite of that, Avon was listed as a 4 star recruit heading into his senior year, and received numerous offers.

College career

After being ranked a 4 star offensive line prospect Avon accepted a full scholarship to Penn State. He started as a freshman right away for the team at right guard and was pretty good. He was known for being an excellent pass blocker, but had some work to do in the run game.

In his Sophomore year Avon was slated yet again to start at right Guard, and had a moderately disappointing season. The Penn State offensive line was considered a relative disaster as their Quarterback was sacked several times. Due to the line's lack of overall talent Avon often had to take on the top interior rusher on the opposing team by himself. Because of this Avon played three positions, Left Guard, Center and Right Guard during the season. Penn State had modest success, but made a bowl game - this Pin Stripe Bowl. In the Pin Stripe Bowl the line coalesced and the Penn State Offense dominated.

Heading in to his Junior Year Avon Blocksdale was named the starter at Left Tackle. Avon was the only Upper Classman on a talented, but young offensive line. During this season Avon was pretty solid, he avoided penalties (committing only 4 all year), and allowed 5 sacks. During this season, Penn State had a lot of success, missing the college football playoffs, but qualifying for the Rose Bowl.

After this successful Junior Year, Avon decided to declare for the 2017 ISFL Draft.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
320 lb
(145 kg)
5.67 s 5.26 s 8.00 s 20.7 in
(0.53 m)
5 ft 11.3 in
(1.81 m)
42 reps 30

Avon Blocksdale was invited to the scouting combine for the 2017 season. His athletic traits were relatively unimpressive as he was not as fast or quick as most of his classmates. However Avon showed two skills that showed promise. He was strong and he was smart, scoring slightly above average on the wonderlic and bench pressing more than any underclass player. Avon, a true junior, was one of the younger more raw players in the draft. Heading in to the NSFL draft, he was most frequently mocked to be a 5th round value.

During the pre-draft process Avon was linked to numerous teams from the expansion Liberty, to the defending champion Arizona Outlaws. On draft day as the NSFL Draft was in the fourth round, rumors were circulating that the Arizona Outlaws were going to trade up to draft Avon. However before that could happen the Baltimore Hawkws made an unprecedent and stunning draft move. With three consecutive picks the Hawks chose three offensive linemen in a row, Dieter Koch, Alonzo Charles, and Avon Blocksdale.

In his Rookie Year of 2017 Avon was a day one starter, playing the Center position right away. At the start of the season, teammates praised Avon on his leadership in the locker room. Half way through the season, Avon was moved from Center to the Left Tackle position, a position he maintained during the rest of the season and the playoffs. Avon and the Hawks were a surprising playoff team who wound up beating the Colorado Yeti in the NSFC Championship game before heading to Ultimus Bowl II, where the Hawks fell to the Arizona Outlaws. Avon was 6th amongst Offensive Linemen in Pro Bowl voting, and missed the Pro Bowl by a single vote.

Heading in to his second year (2018) Avon was the undisputed starter at Left Tackle for the Hawks. Avon and the Hawks had a very strong regular season, finishing with the best record in the conference and the second best record in the league. Avon set career highs in Pancakes and Sacks allowed and was a unanimous 2018 ISFL Pro Bowl selection. The Hawks faced the Philadelphia Liberty in the NSFC Championship and destroyed them by a score of 34-3. In the Ultimus Bowl III the Hawks again faced the Arizona Outlaws and lost in yet another blow out, 49-12. The game was not a total wash for Avon however, as he set a record that is still held today for most pancakse in a playoff game. Going against Jayce Tuck and the mighty Arizona Defense, Avon Blocksdale got 10 pancakes.

During the offseason between the 2018 and 2019 seasons the NSFL Head Office began conducting medical tests on Offensive Linemen after a request from numerous prominent offensive linemen in the league, including Angus Winchester, Mat Akselsen and Avon Blocksdale. The study concluded that Offensive Line play severely damaged players to the point where the league needed to interfere. Avon was brought in, and the NSFL's top notch medical team was able to repair his arm and help Avon make the transition back to playing quarterback.

With Avon at quarterback in 2019 and coming off of back to back Ultimus game appearances, the Hawks had high expectations. Avon was a relative disappoint that season, as he threw for more interceptions than touchdowns and the Hawks had a devastating loss in Colorado to the then win less Colorado Yeti to miss the playoffs. In spite of his mediocre season Avon was yet again a unanimous 2019 ISFL Pro Bowl selection.

Avon and the Hawks had a bounce back year in 2020. The team rebounded to a winning record and made the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. Avon had a great season at Quarterback, finishing with the second most passing touchdowns in NSFL history as well as the second highest passer rating in NSFL history. For the first time the Hawks faced the Yellowknife Wraiths in the NSFC championship game, where they fell by 14 points. For the third consecutive year, Avon was a unanimous 2020 ISFL Pro Bowl selection.

2021 and 2022 were both disappointing team years in spite of being personal successes for Avon. In both seasons Avon made the Pro Bowl unanimously yet again, making it 5 straight unanimous pro bowl births. 2022 specifically was Avon's most successful year as a pro. He lead the NSFL in passer rating, Touch Down to interception Ratio, and was the only quarterback to throw for single digit interceptions. Both of these years however the Hawks sputtered to a record of around .500 and they missed the playoffs in both seasons.

2023 marked a coaching change for the Hawks and the team had some struggles but was able to make it to the playoffs. Avon made his astounding 6th straight unanimous 2023 ISFL Pro Bowl appearance. The Hawks made the playoffs as Avon yet again lead the NSFL in TD to INT ratio. The Hawks started out up 21-0 against the Yellowknife Wraiths in the NSFC championship game, but the Wraiths were able to come back and win the game sending the Hawks home early.

2024 was return to form for the Hawks compared to the previous year. The Hawks topped the NSFC with ease going to 11 wins and 3 losses. Avon continued to perform well at quarterback with the 2nd highest rating. The Hawks then defeated the Colorado Yetis in the NSFC playoff 40-34 with Avon getting 4 touchdowns to 1 interception in an electrifying game. Unfortunately the Hawks lost the Ultimus to the New Orleans Second Line 37-24.

2025 was an even more dominant year for the Hawks, with them again topping the NSFC with 13 wins and 1 lose. Despite this dominance Avon's performance actually slightly dipped, but despite this dip he was again the 2nd highest rated quarterback. In the NSFC play the Hawks again faced and defeated the Colorado Yetis with a 37-28 win with Avon taking the offesnive player of the game award. In the Ultimus Avon and the Hawks again faced the New Orleans Second Line, however this time it was revenge defeating them 29-23 with Avon scoring a quarterback rating of 114.9 with 2 touchdowns.

2026 after winning the Ultimus and declaring his plan to retire at the end of season 11 Avon moved to cornerback for his final season to allow former Colorado Yetis quarterback Ryan Applehort to start under center. The Hawks won the NFSC again but less convincingly with 9 wins and 5 losses. In the NSFC play the Hawks yet again faced and defeated the Colorado Yetis with by 45-7, Avon had a quiet game with 3 tackles and 1 pass deflection. The season 11 Ultimus would be Avon's last ever game but unfortunately it would end in tears with the New Orleans Second Line winning 42-36 in an over time victory. Despite the loss Avon palyed out of his skin with 11 tackles and 2 pass deflections.

In 2029 Avon was inducted to the NSFL Hall of Fame on his 1st ballot, making him the 16th player and 4th quarterback to receive this honor.

Professional career statistics

Career statistics Offensive Line
Season Team Games Pancakes Sacks Allowed
2017 BAL 14 37 3
2018 BAL 14 54 2
Career statistics Passing Rushing
Season Team Games Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2019 BAL 14 308 517 59.6% 3817 7.4 18 19 78.8 14 8 0.6 0
2020 BAL 14 360 597 60.3% 4858 8.1 42 16 98.5 10 18 1.8 0
2021 BAL 14 319 547 58.3% 4215 7.7 37 10 97.7 20 144 7.2 1
2022 BAL 14 365 615 59.3% 4437 7.2 38 9 96.1 15 48 3.2 1
2023 BAL 14 342 571 59.9% 4381 7.7 33 6 98.9 16 65 4.1 0
2024 BAL 14 350 553 63.3% 4517 8.2 26 12 95.5 8 28 3.5 0
2025 BAL 14 354 601 58.9% 4400 7.3 31 10 91.9 27 216 8 2
Career statistics Defense
Season Team Games Tackles Forced Fumbles Sacks Interceptions Pass Deflections
2026 BAL 14 74 0 0 3 19

Achievements and Records

Awards

Team
Individual

NSFL records

  • 2018; Set new NSFL playoff record for pancakes in a game (10).
  • 2026; Currently Sits first all time in Passer Rating. (94.1)
  • 2026; Currently Sits second all time in NSFL Completion Percentage (59.9%)
  • 2026; Currently Sits third all time in Passing Touchdowns (225)
  • 2026; Currently Sits third all time in Passing Yards (30625)

Baltimore Hawks Franchise

  • 2034; Currently Sits first all time in Passing Yards (30625)
  • 2034; Currently Sits first all time in Passing Touchdowns (225)
  • 2034; Currently Sits first all time in Completion Percentage (59.9%)
  • 2020; Single Season Hawks Franchise Record in Passing Yards (4858)
  • 2024; Single Season Hawks Franchise Record in Completion Percentage (63.3%)
  • 2018; Single Season Hawks Franchise Record in Pancakes by a non-bot (54)

References