Will Blackmon

William Edwards Blackmon (born October 27, 1984) is a former American football safety and return specialist. He played college football for the Boston College Eagles, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He has also played for the New York Giants, Arizona Rattlers, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, and briefly for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Will Blackmon
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Blackmon in 2017
Position:Free Safety
Personal information
Born:October 27, 1984 (age 34)
Providence, Rhode Island
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Warwick (RI) Hendricken
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 115
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Retired
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:209
Forced fumbles:9
Return yards:2,435
Total touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Blackmon was born in Providence, Rhode Island but grew up in Cranston.[1] He was raised by his father and grandmother after his mother died from Crohn's disease when he was 6 years old.[2]

Blackmon 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.[2][3] Blackmon excelled in basketball and track; he won the 100-meter dash in the Rhode Island state meet with a time of 10.87 seconds.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Blackmon had a 57-yard punt return touchdown and a fumble-return touchdown as the Green Bay Packers wrapped up the NFC North title with a 38-7 win on December 10, 2007 over the Oakland Raiders. 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.

In the first game of his 2008 season with the 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 Week 1.[4]

In week 10 of the 2008 NFL season, against the Minnesota Vikings once again, Blackmon returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.[5]

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

New York Giants

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, Blackmon re-signed with the team. He won a Super Bowl ring when the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.[6] He was released in the off-season and was signed by the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League but never played for them.

Seattle Seahawks

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

Jacksonville Jaguars

On August 28, 2013, Blackmon was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. On November 10, 2013, in a game against the Tennessee Titans, he 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. He was released on February 26, 2015.[7]

Will Blackmon 2015
Blackmon with the Seahawks in the 2015 preseason.

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

On March 9, 2015, Blackmon signed a deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks.[8][9] He was released for final roster cuts before the start of the season on September 6, 2015.[10]

Washington Redskins

Blackmon signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on September 15, 2015.[11] After testing the free agency market for the 2016 offseason, Blackmon re-signed with the Redskins on a two-year contract on March 14, 2016.[12] Early in the 2016 offseason, the Redskins moved him from the cornerback position to free safety.[13] He recorded his first interception of the season against Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Barkley in the team's Week 16 win.[14]

On September 2, 2017, Blackmon was released by the Redskins.[15]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On July 24, 2018, Blackmon signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was cut from the team's roster on July 30, 2018.[16] Blackmon was then activated by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and made his CFL debut as starting corner on September 2, 2018 in a win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in which he recorded 4 tackles and forced one fumble.[17] It was Blackmon's only game in the CFL; he retired shortly afterwards and accepted a job on NFL Network.[18]


  1. ^ Shalin, Mike (August 25, 2004). "Blackmon loves life on the road: BC junior cornerback can't wait to go into hostile territory to play". Milford Daily News. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Fortes, Mark. "Hard Work and Dedication-Will Blackmon". Pour Topps the Magazine. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bio: Will Blackmon.com".
  4. ^ Will Blackmon Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week
  5. ^ ESPN - Green Bay vs. Minnesota - Drive Chart - November 09, 2008
  6. ^ "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Sessler, Marc (February 26, 2015). "Jacksonville Jaguars release CB Will Blackmon". NFL.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Will Blackmon signs deal with Seattle Seahawks
  9. ^ "Seahawks sign three players". Seahawks.com. March 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Kapadia, Sheil (September 6, 2015). "Seattle Seahawks cut 23 players, including Will Blackmon". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  11. ^ McMillan, Keith. "Redskins sign cornerback Will Blackmon, place Duke Ihenacho on IR". Washington Post. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Keim, John. "Will Blackmon, Redskins agree to two-year deal". ESPN. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  13. ^ Czarda, Stephen (May 11, 2016). "05/11: Redskins Roster Position Updates". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Washington Times December 24 2016 report of game in which Blackmon made an interception.
  15. ^ "9/2: Redskins Make Roster Moves". Redskins.com. September 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "RIDERS TRANSACTIONS - July 30th - Saskatchewan Roughriders". Saskatchewan Roughriders. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  17. ^ https://www.cfl.ca/players/will-blackmon/161309/
  18. ^ http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20180929/eric-rueb-field-hockeys-four-team-rivalry-taking-shape-again

External links

2002 Boston College Eagles football team

The 2002 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

2003 Boston College Eagles football team

The 2003 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

2005 MPC Computers Bowl

The 2005 MPC Computers Bowl was the ninth edition of the bowl game. It featured the Boise State Broncos and the Boston College Eagles. Though playing at home on its blue "Smurf Turf", where it held a 31-game winning streak, WAC co-champion Boise State was unable to get its usually potent offense on track early, falling behind ACC rep Boston College by 24 at halftime before losing, 27–21.

2007 Green Bay Packers season

The 2007 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 89th overall and 87th season in the National Football League. The Packers finished the regular season with an impressive 13–3 record. They received a bye for the first round of the playoffs, won their divisional round playoff game, and lost in the NFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. This was the last season for quarterback Brett Favre as a Green Bay Packer.

This season also marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Packers' home stadium of Lambeau Field. The Packers' tenure at Lambeau, now at 59 seasons, is the longest in NFL history at a single stadium, breaking the Chicago Bears' previous record of 50 seasons at Wrigley Field (1921–1970).

2007 Oakland Raiders season

The 2007 Oakland Raiders season was the team's forty-eighth season. The team finished the season with a 4–12 record. It began with the team's fourth head coach in six seasons.

By virtue of the team's 2–14 finish in 2006 (the worst in the NFL for that year), they acquired the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. With that first pick, the Raiders selected LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who went on to be one of the greatest busts in NFL history.

As in 2005 and 2006, the Raiders faced both participants from the previous season's Super Bowl. In 2007, they had home games scheduled against the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts from Super Bowl XLI. They lost to both teams.

2008 Green Bay Packers season

The 2008 Green Bay Packers season was the 90th season overall and 88th in the National Football League. They looked to continue success after posting a 13–3 record in 2007, but they failed to do so and finished the season with a losing 6–10 record. Until the 2017 season, this was the last season in which the Packers did not qualify for the playoffs.

2011 New York Giants season

The 2011 New York Giants season was the 87th season for the team in the National Football League. They played all of their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Although the team did not improve on their 10–6 mark from 2010, the Giants were able to qualify for the playoffs, and in another cinderella run that paralleled what they did in 2007, they won Super Bowl XLVI, marking the fourth time in team history that they won a Super Bowl.

Many analysts predicted a rough year for the Giants. Despite highs and lows throughout the season, the Giants, with a 9–7 record, returned to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2008, when they won the NFC East and finished the season as the NFC's #4 seed. New York finished 10–6 in 2010 but failed to qualify for the playoffs due to not having any tiebreakers over any NFC playoff team. The Giants entered their week 17 match up with the Cowboys with both teams tied for the division lead with 8–7 records. The Giants took a 21–0 first half lead and while the Cowboys closed the gap to make the score 21–14 early in the 4th quarter, the Giants held on to defeat the Cowboys 31–14, clinching the divisional title and a playoff berth.

In the playoffs, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC championship. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, which was a rematch of Super Bowl XLII from 4 years earlier in which the Giants defeated the previously undefeated Patriots. As in 2007, 1990, and 1986, the Giants played their eventual Super Bowl opponent during the regular season. The Giants also played the Packers and 49ers during the season, losing both games in the final minutes of play.

The 2011 Giants were the first team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl with a negative point differential (minus-6, 394 points scored, 400 points allowed). With a 9–7 record, the Giants became the third NFL team to win fewer than 10 games in a 16-game season, and reach the Super Bowl. but became the first of the three to win the Super Bowl. The previous teams to go 9–7 and reach the Super Bowl (the '79 Rams, who only needed two playoff wins were the first, and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals) were both defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Additionally, upon defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI the Giants became the first NFC East Division champion to win the Super Bowl since the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 (the Giants were a Wild Card team when they won Super Bowl XLII). The Giants were also close to rematching the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001.

Some news organizations, among them The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said that the Giants' victory in the Super Bowl made them NFL's version of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, saying that these two championship teams that had been given the last rites by many near the end of the season, emerged as champions at the end.This season was the last time the Giants qualified for the playoffs under Coughlin, and would not reach the playoffs again until the 2016 season.

2013 Arizona Rattlers season

The 2013 Arizona Rattlers season was the 22nd season for the franchise Arena Football League, coming off of their victory in ArenaBowl XXV. The team was coached by Kevin Guy and played their home games at the US Airways Center. With a 15–3 record, the Rattlers won their fourth consecutive division title to qualify for the playoffs. The Rattlers successfully defended their championship in ArenaBowl XXVI by once again defeating the Philadelphia Soul by a 48–39 score to win their fourth ArenaBowl championship in franchise history.

2013 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 19th season in the National Football League, the first under general manager David Caldwell, and the first under head coach Gus Bradley. Although they missed the playoffs and started 0-8, the Jaguars improved upon their franchise-worst 2–14 record from 2012; but failed to improve their 1-7 home record from last year. Much like 2012, the root of their victories were intra-division. The Jaguars also gained a close non-divisional victory over the Browns to finish 4-12.

2016 Washington Redskins season

The 2016 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Jay Gruden.

The season saw the Redskins play in London for the first time in franchise history, where they tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27.

After a loss in the final week to the New York Giants, the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite missing the playoffs, the Redskins finished the season with a record of 8-7-1, which was the first consecutive winning seasons for the team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington was the only team in 2016 that played seven regular-season games against teams that would reach the playoffs: four games combined against Dallas and the New York Giants, games against Green Bay and Detroit (as the NFC North was the only division besides the NFC East to send more than one team to the 2016 postseason) and a game against the sole AFC North 2016 playoff team (Pittsburgh); the Redskins' 2-5 record in these contests was a major reason they did not return to the playoffs.

Bishop Hendricken High School

Bishop Hendricken High School (or Hendricken) is a Catholic, all-male, college preparatory high school located in Warwick, Rhode Island, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

Founded by the Brothers of the Holy Cross in 1959, and named in honor of the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, Thomas Francis Hendricken, the school's faculty was long composed of both lay and religious individuals. The Congregation of Christian Brothers provided staff for the school after the Holy Cross Brothers' departure in 1971 until 2011.The school currently enrolls a student body of around 900 students. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Hendricken launched an 8th grade program, the SELECT Honors Institute. The school offers college preparatory courses at 4 academic levels.

The school sits on a suburban 34-acre campus in the Warwick Neck area of Warwick.


Blackmon is an English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Charlie Blackmon (born 1986), American baseball outfielder

Don Blackmon (born 1958), American football coach player

Douglas A. Blackmon (born 1964), American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner

Edafe Blackmon (born 1971), African-American actor

Evelyn Blackmon (1924-2014), American politician

Fred L. Blackmon (1873-1921), American politician

James Blackmon, Sr. (born 1964), American basketball coach and player

James Blackmon, Jr. (born 1995), American basketball player

Julie Blackmon (born 1966), American photographer

Justin Blackmon (born 1990), American football wide receiver

Larry Blackmon (born 1956), American musician

Robert Blackmon (born 1967), American football safety

Roosevelt Blackmon (born 1974), American football cornerback

Tray Blackmon (born 1985), Canadian football linebacker

Will Blackmon (born 1984), American football playerFictional characters:

Mars Blackmon, character portrayed by Spike Lee in his film She's Gotta Have It and several Air Jordan commercials that he directed.

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