"We had an eighth-grade math teacher going on maternity leave," Sells Middle School principal Rich Baird told The Star-Ledger on Monday. "I thought he'd be perfect for that."
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.
"We're going to have to put teaching on hold," Blackburn texted Baird after speaking with the Giants.