Wednesday 16 April 2014


Hard Work and Dedication-Will Blackmon

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Hard Work and Dedication From Hendricken to The New York Giants- NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER WILL BLACKMONBy: Edward Brady

WILL BLACKMON: NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER
TEAM: NEW YORK GIANTS
JERSEY NUMBER: #30 New York Giants
PREVIOUS NUMBERS: # 27 (For Green Bay Packers and Pop Warner) #1 Boston College
AGE:  26      DOB: October 27, 1984
RELATONSHIP STATUS: Married to Shauna Danielle Blackmon
HEIGHT: 6-0    WEIGHT: 210
BORN: Providence , Rhode Island
POSITION: Cornerback, Kick Returner
COLLEGE: Boston College
NFL EXPERIENCE: 5th
Nickname: Willy Beamin
HIGH SCHOOL: Bishop Hendricken High School Warwick Rhode Island
COLLEGE: Boston College Eagles

Before Will Blackmon was drafted in the fourth round in the NFL football draft in 2006 by the Green Bay Packers he was a standout football player for the Boston College Eagles and at Bishop Hendricken High School in little old Warwick Rhode Island. It was not easy for Will Blackmon to get to where he is today and I was fortunate enough to be invited into the home he grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island. I met Will’s father Wayne who played football in junior college and was offered a tryout by the New York Jets. At Will’s house were a lot of his former teammates that he kept in touch with from both Hendricken and Boston College. Will has a personality that is very vibrant and people seem to gravitate towards him. Will was very humble and appreciative of where he got to today and he introduced me to his friends who welcomed me in with open arms at his family and friends barbeque. Will told me about the hardwork it took him to get to where he is from his humble household in eastern Cranston to the NFL. He was raised by his Father and Grandmother since age 6 due to his mother passing away from the inflammatory disease of the intestines called Crohn’s. Ever since the age of 4 it was his dream to make it to the NFL. The more successful he was at football throughout the years, the more it became a strong possibility that his dreams may be fulfilled. Will always played with a huge chip on his shoulder because he noticed how other states look at Rhode Island football and thinks it is a myth that one could play in the NFL. How ironic that not just he made it, but two of his closest friends, Matt Sherry (Hendricken 03′) and Jamie Silva (East Providence 03′) have as well. One thing Will always stressed to the youth is to “take care of business in school, simply because life will be so much easier for you, seriously.”

THE PAST

At Hendricken Will earned 2001 All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, SuperPrep and PrepStar as a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School. The school retired his number 27 in 2008. Three-year letterman he was selected to participate in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Game.  He was named Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year after his senior season, in which he rushed for 1,618 yards and 24 TDs. Will also had 100 tackles and three Interceptions. A two-time all-state and three-time all-city honoree he recorded 13 career Interceptions. Will also lettered in track for three years, winning the 100-meter dash in the Rhode Island state meet (10.87).

Then onto college where he registered 2,700 career kickoff return yards at BC, 222 yards shy of the Division I-A all-time mark, and earned all-conference honors in his final three seasons (Big East – 2003-04; ACC –2005).

Will Blackmon became a special-teams standout in 2008 as both a return specialist and coverage player, running back two punts for TDs – only the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish that in one season – and leading the team with 18 special teams tackles, all of which landed him a spot on USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which recognizes productive players who get little fanfare. Will ranked fourth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL with an 11.1-yard average on punt returns in ’08 while also handling kickoff return duties. His combined 1,555 punt and kick return yards in 2008 ranks as the second-highest single-season total in franchise history. He also made an impact as a nickel and dime cornerback, posting 17 tackles and forcing two fumbles, by far his most extensive action on defense. In 32 career games with the Packers, Will had 30 special teams tackles and four touchdowns, all on special teams.

That athleticism was at least temporarily compromised when Blackmon required reconstructive knee surgery after suffering a torn ACL in October 2009 while a member of the Green Bay Packers. The left knee continued to bother Blackmon during training camp, prompting the Packers to agree to an injury settlement and make him a free agent.

Blackmon is convinced the athleticism has returned, his health is fine and that he is prepared to contribute.“That’s why my biggest concern when I got the injury was, ‘Can I be elite again?’ ” Blackmon said. “The doctor reassured me that I’ll be okay. And that’s what it is.” Blackmon said the problems during training camp were related to strength lost in his quadriceps, which prompted him to overexert his knee.

Blackmon worked with Gavin McMillan at the Sports Science Lab in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. MacMillan also helped rehabilitate Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. Blackmon said he would not have been able to recover so quickly without MacMillan. “When he got off the plane eight weeks ago, he didn’t even feel like he could push off,” MacMillan said. “You’re sitting there going, ‘That’s not really the Will Blackmon I know.’ And then two weeks ago, you’re seeing him running the way he’s running and you’re saying, ‘That’s what that looks like.’

Will has also been an avid supporter of his best friends clothing line Dirty Couture. The owner of the line Pasquale Dipippo was Will’s High School quarterback at Hendricken. Pauly DelVecchio of Jersey Shore is also a avid supporter of Dirty Couture and even got the lines logo tattooed on his elbow. You can view the clothes at www.dirtycoutureonline.com.

THE PRESENT- GIVING BACK

Will Blackmon has funded and started a Pop Warner football team called the Providence Packers, which his father manages. Will has helped distribute cans of soup to 30 Wisconsin area food pantries, as part of Campbell’s Chunky soup’s ‘Click for Cans’ online food drive. Will has participated in the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon and the United Way Hometown Huddle project, helping spread woodchips to complete a new playground area for local Beaumont Elementary School students. Will also helped refurbish the Green Bay West H.S. football field as part of the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP program, in honor of teammate Daryn Colledge winning weekly MVP award. He has rang the Salvation Army bell during the holidays to solicit donations. He attended the Professional Athletes Outreach conference in February 2009; PAO is a ministry created for professional athletes and their families.

THE FUTURE

Will missed two of the last three consecutive games with what’s listed as a chest injury. Blackmon called himself “wounded.” He suffered a hard hit in the Giants’ Week 11 loss to the Eagles, cleared the concussion test to return to the game, but has been too injured to play the past two weeks while dealing with the chest and head injury. He returned last week to play against the Vikings. We wish him an injury free season and much success in the future with a long NFL career! For more information you can find it at www.willblackmon.com. We appreciate Will Blackmon for continuing to represent Rhode Island in a positive limelight. Keep up the good work Will we are routing for you (except against the Patriots).

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