OSU's Justin Blackmon honored by hometown of Ardmore

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: April 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm •  Published: April 23, 2011
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There were plenty of stories being told about Justin Blackmon by his family and friends Saturday.

Stories of his character, of his childhood experiences, of his ability to succeed in any sport he chose to play.

But what might have stood out more than anything weren't the memories being told to a group of people, but the memories that were being created for the younger kids in the audience.

Blackmon's No. 81 Oklahoma State jersey could be seen in just about every direction on Justin Blackmon Day in the standout wide receiver's hometown of Ardmore.

“This is crazy,” Blackmon said. “This has been a real experience. I feel blessed to have been able to grow up here and to have this type of community support behind me.”

Blackmon was named as an all-state player in three different sports as a senior at Plainview High and Plainview coaches were among several speakers.

Athletic director and track coach Johni Bell told a story about Blackmon in his senior season. Oklahoma State recommended Blackmon participate in track his senior season instead of playing baseball.

Despite having not competed before, Blackmon won the 3A long jump and was the runner-up in the high jump. The Indians placed second as a team, losing by just six points.

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