Will Blackwell

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Will Blackwell
Born: (1975-07-09) July 9, 1975 (age 42)
Texarkana, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Wide Receiver
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg)
College San Diego State
NFL draft 1997 / Round: 2
Career history
As player
1997–2001 Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Blackwell (born July 9, 1975) is a former American football player who played wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. Blackwell was picked in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft with high expectations from his successful career at San Diego State University, but played sparingly in five years in the NFL. He now coaches the Skyline High School football team in Oakland, California.[1]

College[edit]

Blackwell decided to attend San Diego State University.  Blackwell was WAC freshman of the year in 1994.[2] Blackwell was Individual Statistical Leader with 86 catches and 1206 yards.[3] Blackwell was coached by Dino Babers and Curtis Johnson.[4][5] Blackwell was a 1000-yard receiver in 1996.[6] Blackwell's combine results were enough to get him to the NFL.[7]

Blackwell was Freshman of the year, 1994 and first team Western Athletic Conference in 1995 and 1996.

College stats[edit]

Receiving and Rushing

Year Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
1994 51 689 13.5 6
1995 86 1207 14.0 8
1996 60 1000 16.7 11
Total 197 2896 14.7 25

Scoring

Year Receiving
G Rec Pts
1994 11 6 36
1995 12 8 48
1996 9 11 66
Total 25 150

NFL[edit]

Career stats[edit]

Year Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Lng Rec Yds Avg TD Lng
1997 2 14 7.0 0 11 12 168 14.0 1 46
1998 0 0 0 0 0 32 297 9.3 1 24
1999 0 0 0 0 0 20 186 9.3 0 26
2000 0 0 0 0 0 2 23 11.5 0 14
2001 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 8.0 0 8
Total 2 14 7.0 0 0 67 682 10.2 2 0

Blackwell was part of The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, an annual program administered by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player. Blackwell was one of four interns hand picked.[8]

Blackwell was only one of three Steelers to have returned kickoffs for touchdowns (Allen Rossum in 2007, Randle El in 2002 and Will Blackwell in 2000).[9] In 2001, Blackwell reinjured his left knee in Pittsburgh's 21-3 loss to Jacksonville. Coach Bill Cowher said Blackwell, who missed the first half of last year with a knee injury.[10] Blackwell along with four other LSU players were release August 28, 2012 in the first round of major cuts.[11]

Blackwell spent one month with the St Louis Rams and was cut August 31, 2002.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Blackwell lives in California. Blackwell works for Oakland Unified School District. He is a Receiver Coach, Restorative Practice Facilitator and Assistant Athletic Director for McClymonds High School. Blackwell also is the Head Coach for Varsity Baseball and a Community relations liaison.

Blawell is the African American Male Achievement Program Manager helping Oakland’s public schools fight to save black boys.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeWitt, Nick. "The 10 Biggest Draft Mistakes in Pittsburgh Steelers History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Google Books". books.google.com. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Google Books". books.google.com. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Syracuse University Athletics - 2017 Football Coaching Staff". cuse.com. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Football Bowl Guide" (PDF). static.hurricanesports.com/custompages/old_site/pdf/m-footbl/bowlguide.pdf. 
  6. ^ "Aztecs rally past UW". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2018-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Will Blackwell | WR | San Diego State - NFL Combine Results". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  8. ^ "Coaches join Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship". swac.org. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  9. ^ Bires. "Steelers Get A Good Return on Logan" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "Will Blackwell, Steelers Blackwell, a wide receiver..." tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Ex-LSU players Will Blackwell, Ryan Baker among cuts at NFL camps". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  12. ^ "2002 St. Louis Rams Transactions: Free Agency, Trades & more". www.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  13. ^ "Will Blackwell". 
  14. ^ "How Oakland's public schools are fighting to save black boys". MSNBC. Retrieved 2018-01-28.