AFL GAMES PLAYED: 2003 (2-Geo., 8-Col.); 2004 (16). Total – 26.
AFL NOTES: Jeff Chase arrived in Dallas on Dec. 12, 2003 following a trade with the Philadelphia Soul. Chase, a big, physical lineman, saw time in all 16 games for Dallas last season. With two years of indoor experience under his belt, Chase has a better understanding of the line play on both sides of the ball in the Arena League. He began his AFL career with Georgia in 2003 but was released on Feb. 26. He signed with Colorado on March 4 and spent the remainder of the season with the Crush.
AFL 2004: Following his trade to Dallas, Chase finished the year with 7.5 tackles, one pressure and two forced fumbles. In his Dallas debut against Carolina (2/8), he was part of an offensive unit that racked up 250 yards passing and five touchdowns. He notched his first stop of the year against Philadelphia (2/15) before posting 1.5 stops at New York (2/22). He was part of an offensive line that helped Gauntt throw for 259 yards and five touchdowns at Columbus (2/29). Against Grand Rapids (3/6), Chase and Co. allowed Gauntt to throw for 313 yards and eight scores. Chase helped the Dallas defensive line rack up five sacks at Carolina (3/13) and the offensive line helped total a season-high 332 yards of total offense. Against Los Angeles (3/21), the line allowed just one sack while compiling 311 passing yards. Chase recorded a tackle at Philadelphia (4/4), then forced a fumble that helped give Dallas an early 14-0 lead against San Jose (4/10). At Arizona (4/18), he notched two tackles while helping block for Gauntt, who threw for a career-high 314 yards. Against New York (5/1), Chase and the defense helped force Aaron Garcia into three interceptions, while the offense did not surrender a sack. Chase was part of a line group that sacked John Kaleo twice while opening holes on offense for 27 rushing yards at Austin (5/9) before posting a fumble and a pressure at Chicago (5/16). Against Columbus (5/22), Chase recorded a tackle and was part of an offensive unit that allowed Dreisbach to throw for a team season-high 316 yards.
AFL 2003: Chase signed with the Georgia Force on Jan. 26 and made his AFL debut a week later at Colorado (2/2), posting half a tackle. He did not play at Detroit (2/9) or against San Jose (2/16), but returned to action against Buffalo (2/22) to record half a tackle. He was released by the Force on Feb. 26 and signed by the Colorado Crush on March 4. He played three days later at Dallas (3/7) but did not register any statistics. He saw action but recorded no stats the next two weeks before being inactive for two weeks. Against Chicago (4/13), he blocked a Rush field goal attempt, which set-up a Crush touchdown pass one play later. He saw action in the next three contests without registering any statistics. He recorded the first solo tackle of his indoor career at Los Angeles (5/10) before being inactive for the season finale against Arizona (5/18).
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2002 – After signing with the New Orleans Saints, Chase was allocated to NFL Europe, where he spent the spring playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy. He returned to training camp with the Saints but was released prior to the start of the season. 2001 – Chase signed as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals but was released during training camp.
COLLEGE: 2000 – Chase earned second-team All-Lone Star Conference honors as a senior offensive lineman for Texas A&M-Kingsville. 1999 – He did not play football during the 1999 season. 1998 – Chase transferred to Texas A&M-Kingsville from Long Beach Junior College and made the switch from defensive line to offensive line. His play along the line helped the team lead the conference in several offensive statistical categories while earning him All-LSC honors. 1997 – Chase attended Long Beach Junior College, where he played as a defensive lineman after two years away from the game. 1996 – Chase was out of football. 1995 – Chase was out of football. 1994 – Chase began his collegiate career as a defensive lineman at Mount San Antonio, CA, Junior College.
PERSONAL: Chase was an all-league lineman for Rowland, CA, High School.