Will Blackmon

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Will Blackmon
No. 24     Jacksonville Jaguars
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-27) October 27, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth: Providence, Rhode Island
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Warwick (RI) Hendricken
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 115
Debuted in 2006 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 89
Interceptions 1
Pass deflections 11
Forced fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com

William Edwards Blackmon (born October 27, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft (115th pick overall) by the Green Bay Packers. Blackmon was born in Providence, Rhode Island but grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island.[1] He was raised by his Father and Grandmother since age 6 due to his mother dying from Crohn's Disease.[2] He attended Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. At Hendricken, Blackmon earned 2001 All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, SuperPrep and PrepStar as a senior. He was named Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year after his senior season.[3][4] He played college football for the Boston College Eagles.

College[edit]

2002[edit]

  • One of four true freshmen to earn playing time
  • Recorded 29 tackles playing as a DB
  • Saw significant action on special teams as a kick returner

2003[edit]

  • Recorded 64 tackles, 10 passes defensed, and 4 interceptions as a DB
  • Earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a game against the University of Connecticut

2004[edit]

  • Recorded 46 tackles, 1 pass defensed, and three interceptions as a DB
  • Amassed over 1000 return yards on special teams
  • Earned All-Big East Second Team honors

2005[edit]

  • Moved his primary position from DB to WR
  • Led team with 51 receptions for 763 yards
  • Earned preseason second-team All-America honors
  • Selected to participate in the Senior Bowl
  • 119 yards shy of being DI-A all time kickoff returner

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Blackmon had a 57 yard punt return touchdown and a fumble-return touchdown as the Packers wrapped up the NFC North title with a 38-7 win on December 10, 2007 over Oakland. They were the first and second touchdowns of his career. He became just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat of a kick and fumble return in the same game, and the first since 1974. In 9 games, he recorded 4 solo tackles and a pass deflected. Blackmon has had injury trouble, having suffered two breaks of his left foot which kept him sidelined for much of the past two years. [5]

In the first game of his 2008 season with the Green Bay Packers, Blackmon returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. He was later named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played Sept 4-8.[6]

In week 10 of the 2008 NFL season, against the Minnesota Vikings once again, Blackmon returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.[7]

Blackmon was released on an injury settlement from the Packers during 2010 roster cutdowns.

New York Giants[edit]

Blackmon signed with the New York Giants on October 29, 2010. After being placed on Injured Reserve, the Giants waived Blackmon on January 2, 2011. Then on November 23, 2011 after the Giants secondary got depleted with injuries the latest being CB Michael Coe after a shoulder injury in the week 11 Giants-Eagles game, they again signed Blackmon. He won a Super Bowl ring when the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He was released in the off-season and went on to play for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On February 13, 2013, Blackmon signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He was released on August 27.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On August 28, 2013, he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. On November 10 in a game against the Tennessee Titans, Blackmon caused and recovered a Ryan Fitzpatrick fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown, helping the Jaguars secure their first win of the season.

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