After an ankle injury in 2012, reality set in for Blackstock.
"It was scary. As players, one of our greatest flaws tend to be we don't know how to transition. We struggle with transitioning from something we love to do, to something we might like to do or love as much," he said. "Not having an idea of what you want to do after football, while you're still playing, means you'll be measuring everything up to what you just came from."