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• Currently plays cornerback and is a kick return specialist for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Super Bowl XLVI Champion with the New York Giants (2011 season).

• With three career punt returns for TDs, is tied with Desmond Howard for the franchise record for Green Bay Packers.

• In 2008, became only the fourth player in team history to return multiple punts for TDs in the same season. Also led the team in special teams tackles with 18.

• Scored his first two NFL TDs in the same game in 2007, returning a punt 57 yards and recovering a fumble on a punt return vs. Oakland (Dec. 9) to earn ‘NFC Special Teams Player of the Week’. Marked first time a Packers player scored two special teams TDs in the same game in 38 years.

• A versatile athlete, lined up at cornerback (2002-04) and wide receiver (2005) at Boston College in addition to serving as the team’s return specialist.

• 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).

• Participated in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American game as a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School (R.I.) along with 10 other 2006 NFL Draft picks.


PRO CAREER: Dynamic athletic talent will look to return to his play-making ways as a return man in 2010 after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in ’09, and will compete for time at cornerback as well... Was limited to just three games last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Week 4 at Minnesota... 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... 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... 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, has 30 special teams tackles and four touchdowns, all on special teams... His three career punt returns for touchdowns ties him for the franchise record with Desmond Howard... Had landed kickoff and punt return job with big runbacks in the second preseason game in 2007 vs. Seattle (Aug. 18), but suffered a thumb injury in the next game and began the regular season with a cast on his hand, relegating him to reserve corner duty... Then broke his foot Oct. 3, the same foot he broke as a rookie in mini-camp, and missed seven games... Resumed punt-return duties when healthy and scored his first two NFL touchdowns in the same game, returning a punt 57 yards for a score and recovering a fumble in the end zone to mark the first time a Packers player scored two special teams TDs in the same game in 38 years, but re-aggravated the foot injury in ’07 regular-season finale and missed both playoff games... Impressed early in mini-camps as a rookie before breaking his foot on one of the last plays of the final May camp... Suffered a setback in his rehab, in addition to a subsequent rib injury in Week 10, that limited him to just four games in 2006... Ability to make things happen with the ball is no surprise, having made the switch to wide receiver as a college senior to shore up a depleted receiving corps at Boston College... Prior to the 2006 NFL Draft, worked out with future teammate Greg Jennings and childhood hero Deion Sanders... A fourth-round selection in 2006, was the 14th BC player to be drafted by the Packers, the first since QB Matt Hasselbeck in 1998, and one of two defensive backs chosen by Green Bay in 2006... Born Oct. 27, 1984, was the youngest player on the league’s youngest team in 2006.

2009 SEASON: Played in just three games before sustaining season-ending left knee injury in Week 4... Returned 10 kickoffs for 233 yards (23.3 avg.) and three punts for 11 yards (3.7 avg.)... Added one stop on special teams... Inactive for season opener vs. Chicago (Sept. 13) due to quad injury sustained in preseason contest vs. Buffalo (Aug. 22)... Placed on injured reserve on Oct. 12 with knee injury and had surgery on Oct. 29... Vs. Cincinnati (Sept. 20): Made season debut, returning five kickoffs for 113 yards (22.6 avg.)... At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Recovered Josh Brown FG attempt blocked by DE Johnny Jolly in the first quarter, catching the ball in mid-air at the Green Bay 25-yard line and returning it 18 yards down the left sideline to help set up a Packers FG. Returned two kickoffs for 49 yards (24.5 avg.), two punts for 11 yards (5.5 avg.), and posted a stop on special teams... At Minnesota (Oct. 5): Returned three kickoffs for 71 yards (23.7 avg.), but sustained season-ending ACL injury to left knee on return with just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

2008: Played in every game with one start...Ranked fourth in the NFC and ninth the NFL with a 11.1-yard avg. on 36 punt returns...One of only five players in the NFL to return two or more punts for TDs in 2008, and one of only four in Packers history, joining Howard (three in 1996), Billy Grimes (two in 1950) and Willie Wood (two in 1961)...Also had a 21.0-yard avg. on 55 kickoff returns... His 398 punt return yards tied for the third-highest single-season total in team history, his 1,157 kickoff return yards rank fourth, and his combined return yardage total of 1,555 is second in franchise annals... Recorded 17 tackles (16 solo), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense, seeing time as nickel and dime back, and led the team with a career-high 18 special teams stops...Was on the field for 326 of the team’s 472 special teams plays (69.1 percent), which ranked third on the team, and landed a spot as a returner on USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which recognizes productive players who receive little fanfare...Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 8): Earned ‘NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors’ for the second time in his career as he returned a punt 76 yards for a TD in the third quarter, a career long. Fielded the low kick from Chris Kluwe at the 24, started down the left sideline, just keeping his feet in bounds, before cutting across the field and running down the right sideline for the score...Vs. Dallas (Sept. 21): Saw time at nickel back after CB Al Harris left game in second quarter with spleen injury. Forced a fumble on a Marion Barber run in the fourth quarter and recovered the ball. Led team with three special teams tackles... Vs. Atlanta (Oct. 5): Posted season-long 45-yard kickoff return in second quarter. Registered two tackles as nickel back and an additional stop on special teams... Vs. Indianapolis (Oct. 19): Started first game of season as team opened up in nickel package, matching up with WR Marvin Harrison much of the afternoon and holding him to just two receptions for 11 yards, his lowest yardage output of the season. Also recorded season-high four tackles... At Minnesota (Nov. 9): Returned Kluwe’s punt 65 yards for a TD with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter to give the Packers their first lead of the game at 24-21. The TD was his second of the season and he became the first NFL player since Cowboys WR Wane McGarity (vs. Arizona, 2000) to post a punt return for a score against the same team in two different games in a season. Also had a 31-yard kickoff return out to the Green Bay 41 late in the fourth quarter... At New Orleans (Nov. 24): Returned three punts for 50 yards, including a game-long 27-yard return down to the New Orleans 37 to set up Green Bay’s first TD of the contest. Had season-high eight kickoff returns for 159 yards (19.9 avg.) and led team with two special teams tackles... Vs. Houston (Dec. 7): Served as nickel back with Williams starting and Charles Woodson at SS, and matched season high with four tackles. Tied for team lead with three special teams tackles and had 99-yard kick return for TD in the second quarter nullified by holding penalty... At Jacksonville (Dec. 14): Saw limited action as nickel back and forced a fumble on a run by QB David Garrard in the fourth quarter that Garrard recovered at the Green Bay 2...At Chicago (Dec. 22): Led team with a career-high four tackles on special teams and posted two 32-yard kickoff returns, including one out to midfield late in the fourth quarter with score tied at 17.

2007: Played in nine games with one start and listed as inactive for the other seven contests plus both playoff games... On defense, had three solo tackles and two passes defensed, plus eight tackles on special teams and two TDs, both in the same game... Returned eight punts for 106 yards (13.3 avg.) and a TD... After winning return job with big preseason showing vs. Seattle (Aug. 18), suffered a thumb injury in the next preseason contest vs. Jacksonville (Aug. 23) and began the season with a cast on his hand, unable to perform in return role... Saw action in the first four games, broke his foot during Oct. 3 practice and missed seven contests, returned for final five games of regular season, but aggravated foot injury and missed postseason... At Minnesota (Sept. 30): Filled in at nickel for Jarrett Bush when Harris went out for several plays with a hand injury, coming away with his first pass defensed of the season and his first career solo tackle; PBU was nearly an INT, but cast prevented him from catching the ball. In the third quarter, downed a 54-yard Jon Ryan punt on the Minnesota 7-yard line... Vs. Oakland (Dec. 9): Earned ‘NFC Special Teams Player of the Week’ for his two-touchdown outing. Fielded a second-quarter punt on the run, and returned it 57 yards for his first career TD. On a third-quarter Packers punt, Jason Hunter forced PR Tim Dwight to fumble, and the ball was inadvertently kicked. Eventually landed on it in the end zone for his second score. It was the first time the same Packers player recorded two special teams TDs in a game since Travis Williams at Pittsburgh on Nov. 2, 1969... Vs. Detroit (Dec. 30): Made his first career start, filling in for Woodson (coach’s decision), recording one solo tackle. Left the game in the second quarter after aggravating his prior foot injury and was inactive for both playoff games.

2006: Spent the first 11 weeks on the 53-man roster, playing in four games while inactive for seven before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 25... Saw most of the action during his rookie season in ‘nickel’ and ‘dime’ packages, in addition to special teams duty... Was in on 11 snaps and posted one pass defensed, in addition to three special teams stops... Missed all of training camp after breaking his right foot during a May 21 mini-camp practice and was unable to practice until Sept. 4, three days after the preseason finale... Suffered additional setback in Week 2 practice and remained inactive until returning to practice Oct. 10 during bye week... At Miami (Oct. 22): Made pro debut, seeing action mostly on special teams with 10 snaps at LCB, posting one pass defensed and one special teams tackle... At Minnesota (Nov. 12): Played exclusively on special teams, tallying two special teams tackles, but suffered a rib injury and ultimately landed on injured reserve Nov. 25... 2006 Draft: Second of the Packers’ two selections in the fourth round (115th overall), taken with choice from Philadelphia acquired with the Eagles’ sixth-round selection (185) for Green Bay’s fourth-round choice (109).

COLLEGE: A three-year starter (2003-05), played in 48 games, including 34 starts... Spent his first three years at CB(22 starts) before switching to WR as a senior and proceeded to lead team in catches and receiving yards... Earned all-conference distinction his final three seasons... Finished his career with 141 tackles (104 solo), eight interceptions among 22 passes broken up, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss at CB; recorded 3,995 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns as a WR and return specialist... Fell just 222 yards shy of the NCAA Division I-A kickoff-return yardage record, a mark set by Tulane’s Jeff Liggon (1993-96)... Also established a number of school records, including career kickoff-return yardage (2,700), career kickoff returns (110), single-season kickoff-return yardage (922) and single-season kickoff returns (36), all of which he still holds... Earned B.A. in English... Senior season (2005): Started all 12 games at WR but saw action on both sides of the ball... Earned All-ACC second-team honors at WR... Led team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (763); his four TD catches ranked second on the team... Posted three 100-yard receiving games... Returned 22 kickoffs for 489 yards (22.2-yard average) and 15 punts for 132 yards (8.8-yard average)... Amassed a career-high 1,405 all-purpose yards and finished with two solo tackles in limited action at CB... In his final home game, against North Carolina State (Nov. 12), notched three receptions for a career-high 151 yards, including a career-long 61-yard reception... In the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Boise State (Dec. 28), had five receptions for 144 yards, including a 35-yard TD reception... Junior season (2004): Played in all 12 games, starting nine at cornerback, and became first player in school history to return both a punt and kickoff for a TD in the same season... A second-team All-Big East selection, finished with 46 tackles (30 solo), three INTs among six passes broken up and forced a fumble... Returned 28 kickoffs for 762 yards (27.2-yard average) and 23 punts for 261 yards (11.3-yard average)... In season opener at Ball State (Sept. 2), returned kickoff a career-long 96 yards for a TD in the second quarter... At West Virginia (Nov. 13), ran back a punt 71 yards for a score... In the Continental Tire Bowl vs. North Carolina (Dec. 30), registered four solo tackles and five kickoff returns for a career-high 165 yards... Sophomore season (2003): Started all 13 games at CB... Earned second-team All-Big East honors... Recorded career highs in tackles (64), solo stops (50), INTs (four), passes defensed (14), tackles for loss (two) and kickoff-return yardage (922 yards, a school record)... Also had a forced fumble and one fumble recovery... At Connecticut (Sept. 13), tallied career highs in tackles (14), solos (nine), and INTs (two) while breaking up four passes and returning a kickoff 47 yards; awarded Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts... Freshman season (2002): Saw action in 11 games, posting 29 tackles (22 solo), one INT among two passes broken up, one forced fumble and a recovered fumble... Made an immediate impact on special teams, returning 24 kickoffs for 527 yards (22.0-yard average) and three punts for 26 yards (8.7-yard average)... Registered 114 yards on four kickoff returns in his collegiate debut, vs. Stanford (Sept. 7)... In the Motor City Bowl vs. Toledo (Dec. 26), had five solo tackles, his first career INT and returned four kickoffs for 103 yards.

PERSONAL: Given name William Edwards Blackmon... Born in Providence, R.I. ... Married the former Shauna Danielle in June 2009, a recording artist who was previously signed by So So Def as part of a group; she has since then chosen to pursue a solo career... Father, Wayne, played football in junior college and was offered a tryout by the New York Jets... High school: Earned 2001 All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, SuperPrep and PrepStar as a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, R.I., which retired his No. 27 in 2008... Three-year letterman was selected to participate in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Game played at San Antonio’s Alamodome... Starred for the East team on defense by registering four tackles, two recovered fumbles and an INT returned for 32 yards... Game featured 10 picks from the 2006 NFL Draft, including first-round selections Vince Young (Tennessee), Haloti Ngata (Baltimore) and Kamerion Wimbley (Cleveland)... Named Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year after his senior season, in which he rushed for 1,618 yards and 24 TDs... Also had 100 tackles and three INTs... Chosen as the top player in New England by SuperPrep and PrepStar... A two-time all-state and three-time all-city honoree... Recorded 13 career INTs... Lettered in track three years, winning the 100-meter dash in the Rhode Island state meet (10.87)... Trained with Sanders, his all-time favorite player, in preparation for the 2006 NFL Draft; also trained with other 2006 draft picks, including eventual teammate Jennings and Devin Hester (Chicago Bears)... Community involvement: Has funded and started a Pop Warner football team called the Providence Packers, which his father manages... 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... 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... 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... Rang the Salvation Army bell during the holidays to solicit donations and attended the team’s annual holiday party for families of children with cancer... Attended the Professional Athletes Outreach conference in February 2009; PAO is a ministry created for professional athletes and their families... Has participated annually in the Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Tournament... Played in the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. ... Hobbies/interests: Worked as a reporter for local CBS affiliate, WFRV, in the week leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft, a career path he is considering once his playing days are over... Enjoys skateboarding, naming Chris Haslam as his favorite professional skateboarder... Also enjoys reading non-fiction novels (including books by Rick Warren, a pastor from California), surfing the Internet, cooking (especially Italian food), playing Wii, and watching Fuel TV, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bully Beatdown... Is also involved with his clothing line – which he and his best friend Pat Dipippo created – called Dirty Couture... Residence: Orange County, Calif.

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