Will Blackmon has been playing football since the age of 6. His childhood dream to play in the NFL was achieved successfully, and after graduating from Boston College with a degree in English, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. He played with the Packers from 2006 to 2010, and eventually made his way to the New York Giants for two seasons, including winning Super Bowl XLVI with them. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason of 2013, and finally made his way to his current home with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Being in Jacksonville has been the biggest blessing,” Blackmon said. “I have a major role on defense, and I’m able to play for the most genuine, motivating and enthusiastic coach in the league, Gus Bradley.”
For the majority of Blackmon’s career, he was able to maintain his physical health. It wasn’t until his first practice as a rookie that he injured his foot. From that injury came another, and another and another. Six surgeries later, on all areas of his body, and Blackmon is still playing in the NFL.
Blackmon has remained positive and motivated during all of his injuries. With a consistent investment in his physical and nutritional health, he’s able to stay strong, determined and willing to do whatever it takes to keep his health and fitness levels high.
Void: How have you managed to recover from injuries in the past and present, and continue playing the game you love?
Blackmon: Three years ago, a friend of my wife played professional soccer in Argentina and introduced a product to me called Herbalife. He was persistent in getting me to try and offered me a trial. I finally gave in and added Herbalife to my training and diet regimen. Needless to say, I was very happy with the results. I was able to recover faster, I was regular, I was in better moods and I was healing from injuries quicker than usual. I also removed heavy powerlifting and Olympic lifting from my workouts. Things like squats, RDLs, power cleans, snatches, all that crazy stuff … I took out.
How has health and fitness impacted your life as an athlete?
Health and Fitness has impacted my life as an athlete because my body is my franchise. If my body is not functioning the way it needs to, then I am out of work. Proper eating, proper supplements and safe exercises allow me to do that.
What has been your biggest motivation to live a healthy and active lifestyle?
My biggest motivation has been to simply feel great. I want to physically be able to have fun for a long time. My grandfather was in his 70s and was still going skiing. I’m also able to motivate the motivator in my life, my father. Right now, he’s currently training with Brandi Drye at Peak Fitness … and she is kicking his butt!
Do you have any particular workout regimen that you stick with during and after the season?
At Sports Science Lab, we have a long warm-up that consists of some serious balance and footwork and Ballistic Ball work. You are guaranteed to be in a full sweat when you are finished!
At your fastest, what did you run the 40-yard dash in?
My fastest 40 time is a 4.39 seconds and my fastest 100-meter time is a 10.5.
What inspires you most?
I just want to succeed at everything I do. I want my wife and kids to have everything. So I hustle, I stay humble, but I want everything.
Any goals for yourself as an athlete?
I have tons of goals as an athlete. I want to play football as long as I can. I have a Super Bowl ring, however, I’d like another one. It’s the greatest feeling ever. I have a long list of individual accomplishments I want to obtain. I hate the fact that I missed tons of time due to my injuries, which gave me limited time to achieve most of them. But, I feel amazing and I am ready to attack 2015! Being mediocre is not the business.