Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon walks the red carpet before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Growing Into a Man

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Justin Blackmon’s press conference on June 6th was a reflection of his growth into a man.  A public relations problem is not a necessary step to greatness in the NFL, but Blackmon’s press conference reflected growth toward greatness more than it did an attempt to smooth over a problem.

The statement that he won’t drink for the foreseeable future is not that indication.  Nor were the apologetic statements or his acceptance of responsibility for his actions.  While the statements were beneficial for his image, the image of the franchise, and were undoubtedly a piece of consolation for his friends and family, they were not a reflection of growth that almost guarantees he will become a great for the Jaguars.

Instead, it is Blackmon’s focus on the future and what he is going to be.

I just want to let people know that’s not who I am – and that’s not who I’m going to be.

Blackmon’s career is going to be about what he isn’t going to be.  It’s going to be about his future, turning into a player that is a game changer.  Head Coach Mike Mularkey had it right when he said, “It’s totally up to him” talking about Blackmon’s play.

Fortunately, Blackmon seems to know that and will be working hard to grow into a man during his tenure with the Jaguars.

– Luke N. Sims

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