“God gave me another opportunity to play,” Blackburn said at the Super Bowl media day Jan. 31. “I’m just trying to make the most of it.”
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New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn speaks with reporters during media day Jan. 31 prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl in which he made a key interception.
But his future in the classroom had to wait when the Giants signed him prior to their week 13 game against Green Bay on Dec. 4.
In Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI win over New England in Lucas Oil Stadium, Blackburn made one of the game’s biggest plays.
Covering New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Blackburn intercepted a Tom Brady pass at the Giants’ 8 yard line with 14:20 left in the fourth quarter and New York trailing 17-15.
“I saw [Gronkowski] look back so I looked back for the ball,” Blackburn said. “When I spotted it, I tried to block out and go up for a rebound like in basketball.”
Blackburn also made six tackles in a game that was only a dream just a few weeks ago.
“God was the only one who could get me back in this game,” he said. “He had to provide the opportunity, and He did. It took till week 13 when we played Green Bay for the opportunity to come, but I just promised Him that if he gave me the opportunity, I’d be ready for it.”