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June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) on the sidelines during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) on the sidelines during minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

We covered the Justin Blackmon DUI arrest ad nauseam here at Big Cat Country, so we knew all the public details in and out. Recently however the Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick attended the NFL's rookie Symposium, which seems to have opened his eyes a little bit.

"It's powerful any time you have a player share something that happened bad for him they could have avoided," Blackmon told Alex Marvez and Vic Carucci on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I'm certainly not downplaying the situation. It was a poor judgment choice on my part, but I've put it behind me," Blackmon said. "The team is backing me. I've got support from them and the players. Now, I'm just looking toward the future."

The best thing for Blackmon is to put the situation behind him, learn from it, and move on. From the sounds of it, he's done just that and learned that he doesn't have to do everything himself.

"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."