NFL special teams standout Blake Costanzo ’06 had two tackles and an assisted tackle for the San Francisco 49ers today, but the team lost its NFC Championship game to the New York Giants, 20-17.
Costanzo, who was selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl this season, was featured by the media in newspaper and website articles this past week, including these:
- Special Teams Standout Blake Costanzo Brings the Spirit for 49ers (BostonHerald.com)
- The 49ers’ Special Weapon – Blake Costanzo (CBS affiliates)
- For Costanzo, Different is a Good Thing (FOX Sports affiliates)
- Costanzo’s Intensity Epitomizes 49ers (The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.)
- San Francisco 49ers’ Blake Costanzo a fine poster boy for Lafayette College football (Express-Times, Easton, Pa.)
- Franklin Lakes native Blake Costanzo special in San Francisco (The Record, Bergen County, N.J)
Costanzo played a big role last week in helping the 49ers advance in the playoffs, forcing one fumble and recovering another in a 36-32 upset victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Considered one of the top special teams players in the National Football League, Costanzo pounced on a Courtney Roby fumble during a kickoff return in the first quarter. The ensuing possession resulted in a field goal that gave the 49ers a 17-0 lead.
On a punt return in the third quarter, Costanzo tackled running back Darren Sproles, who fumbled the ball away to the 49ers. The resulting possession also resulted in a field goal, putting the 49ers up 20-14.
Costanzo also downed a punt late in the third quarter.
An anthropology and sociology graduate, Costanzo is in his fifth NFL season. He played two years for the Cleveland Browns before joining San Francisco. Previously, he played for the Buffalo Bills after spending time with the New York Jets. In 2009, he was selected to the SI.com (Sports Illustrated) All-Pro team on special teams.
At Lafayette, he recorded 307 tackles, 18 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and 12 passes defended. He was part of three Patriot League championship teams.