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For certain NFL players, a hometown isn't something you casually rattle off to people and then forget about. Plenty of Redskins feel this way – Will Compton and Chris Baker quickly come to mind – and return often to give back to the communities that fostered their development.
New Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon, at this point an NFL journeyman, has remained dedicated to his own hometown of Providence, R.I.
Blackmon went to Bishop Hendricken High School, the site of a free football camp he hosted in July this year, a school in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League that has only seen a handful of students make it to the NFL.
Blackmon brought several coaches he knew and trusted from his childhood to help run the camp, watching young kids just like him compete and show off their skills.
A couple years earlier, as detailed in an Associated Press story, around the time Blackmon made his Super Bowl run with the Giants, a Hendricken High School football freshman, Jehvine Quaweay, was prepping for the state championship. Blackmon gave him a call.
Bothe came from single-parent households and had exceptional ability playing football and Blackmon wanted to give him some advice.
"It was a natural thing that I wanted to follow in his footsteps," the 14-year-old Quaweay said.
Blackmon said he gave him advice on helping his mother, who was raising three boys on her own, and encouraged to continue improving academically, to demonstrate being a leader of the household.
"I thought it was an honor," Blackmon said of the opportunity. "It just shows that I did something right. If there's one thing that you want to do, you want to definitely pave the way for other kids to aspire to succeed."
For Quaweay, gestures like Blackmon's made him realize the opportunities he could have if he sticks with it.
"It just makes us feel like we have a chance. It shows that possibly, that could be us some day," Quaweay said.
Now he'll be closer to his home on the east coast. But, as evidenced from his time with the Seahawks this summer, that shouldn't make a difference in his plans to go home.