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Justin Blackmon Impacted By 'Powerful' Symposium Lessons

In the months since being drafted by the Jaguars with the fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Justin Blackmon has been in the headlines often. Unfortunately it has little to do with his wide receiver skills and much more to do with his June 4 arrest for aggravated DUI.

At the rookie symposium Blackmon heard speeches from several athletes that made very public mistakes similar to his and he told Alex Marvez and Vic Carucci of SiriusXM NFL Radio that the speeches held a little more weight to him.

"It's powerful any time you have a player share something that happened bad for him they could have avoided."

Among the players that spoke to Blackmon were Terrell Owens and Adam "Pacman" Jones, both of whom certainly had personal errors during their career.

"Using your resources the NFL has for you -- that's the thing you hear throughout each day," Blackmon said. "From a lot of players we heard from (in seminars), they tried to do it on their own and it didn't end up so well. That's the biggest thing I've gathered."

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