Yes, instead of preparing for a Sunday clash with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers at Lambeau Field, Blackburn could have been in Dublin, Ohio, grading midterm papers and telling his students to turn off their cell phones 12 times daily.
âWe had an eighth-grade math teacher going on maternity leave,â Sells Middle School principal Rich Baird told The Star-Ledger on Monday. âI thought heâd be perfect for that.â
Blackburn apparently has a gift for numbers, and a second career as a math teacher beckoned when the Giants opted not to re-sign him before the season. Following some fruitless workouts with other teams, Blackburn was ready to turn the page.
âWeâre going to have to put teaching on hold,â Blackburn texted Baird after speaking with the Giants.
Blackburn has had a positive impact on a resurgent Giants defense, stepping up with a season-best nine tackles in last weekend's 24-2 win over the Falcons. It appears the calculator and Dockers can stay in storage for the foreseeable future.