Former OSU QB Brandon Weeden shares his favorite Justin Blackmon stories

Former OSU QB Brandon Weeden shares his favorite Justin Blackmon stories

Nobody benefitted from Justin Blackmon’s dominance like Brandon Weeden. Weeden shares some of his favorite memories of Blackmon, who was inducted Friday into OSU's Athletics Hall of Honor.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Sep 16, 2023, 7:08pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Sep 16, 2023, 7:08pm CDT

One of the best receivers in college football history returned to Stillwater. Justin Blackmon played for the Cowboys from 2009-11, making an impact that got him inducted in the Oklahoma State Athletics Hall of Honor on Friday night.

Blackmon won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the best receiver in college football, in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he racked up 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns on 122 catches and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The biggest benefactor of Blackmon’s dominance was OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw to Blackmon all three seasons. On Friday, Weeden shared some favorite memories of his top target.

Q: What’s the most athletic thing you’ve ever seen Justin do?

Weeden: He was a freshman, and we were playing basketball in the Colvin (Recreational Center) and he comes up off two feet and windmill dunks. I’m like, “Good lord who is this guy,”’ you know? And I remember some of the other guys, because I didn’t really follow recruiting, but they told me that’s the guy they planed on taking Dez’s spot. I said, “I hope so, because this guy is a freak.”

Q: What do you remember most about your time with Justin?

Weeden: I don’t even know where to start. I was having dinner with a buddy the other night and he found something on Twitter of every touchdown pass I threw to him. And the first one was that throw at Colorado, which, I threw quite a few touchdowns between here and the NFL but I still think that’s the best throw I ever made and it’s one I remember more than anything. And Justin, obviously, was more talented than I ever was but he kind of flew under the radar a little bit and that’s his personality. Uber talented. I played basketball with him in the offseason over at the Colvin and I knew the guy was going to be a stud, just needed an opportunity.

So yeah, that ’09 game against Colorado on a Thursday night, wearing the all-black uniforms, and I made that throw to the back right corner and I was like, “‘This might be my guy.” So it all worked out. In the grand scheme of things, I never saw it escalating to what it did, but we had something special and the relationship we formed not only on the field but off the field. Unfortunately, the NFL didn’t work out like a lot of people thought it would for Justin, the guy is just talented, he could probably still play in the NFL if he wanted to, but our relationship on the field, our communication was always really professional even at the college level. He never came to the sideline complaining, saying throw me the ball. I’m not an idiot, I knew I needed to throw him the football. I can’t say a bad thing about the guy, great teammate, extremely hardworking, showed up to work every day wanting to get better. He made everyone around him better, he made our coaches better, we had to draw things in the dirt just to get him in a position to get the football because teams tried to take him out of games. He’s probably one of the most talented guys I’ve ever been around, great teammate, love the guy to death and I’m so thrilled for him to get this recognition, which, in my opinion, is a little past due. A lot of people, when they think Oklahoma State football from 2000 on, Justin Blackmon has got to be one of the first names you think about.

Q: How rare is Blackmon’s humility for a player as talented as is.

 Weeden: In college, I was around Dez Bryant quite a bit and Dez is one of my all-time-favorite teammates in any sport at any level, love the guy. He has a completely different personality than (Justin). Dez is a little more outgoing, more animated, Blackmon never really had that. He was just kind of even-keeled, which I love. That’s kind of the way I was and the way I want guys around me to be. At the NFL level, it’s completely different. You got guys making a bunch of money. There are some egos, and Justin never had an ego. And maybe if he had more of one, things would have been different, who knows? But he just is one of those guys that if he’s one-on-one, I like my chances. He was so dominant, but he never acted like it and I respected him for that. He’s a very humble guy, you know we’d go win a game and go to Murphy’s and have drinks and he’d show up in sweatpants and have just a good of time as anybody else. Just a guy who loved playing football, loved his teammates, loved his friends and he just never had that arrogance or diva that a lot of receivers nowadays kind of do. And I think that’s a testament to him and the guy, again, super successful, arguably one of the better college receivers since 2000, put him on the short list. So, he’s a guy that I got a lot of respect for and just thankful he was here when I happened to be playing. 

Q: On the field or off the field, what’s your favorite Justin memory?

 Weeden: Probably in 2011 when he caught the shallow route at (Texas) A&M and fumbled it out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. Because I knew that once he did that, I was going to try to get it to him a few more times. Because it was kind of a boneheaded mistake, something that he doesn’t really do, it’s a big game, first Big 12 game on the road, playing at Kyle Field. He didn’t make boneheaded mistakes like that, it was just kind of a fluke deal but I think he caught two more touchdowns after that and took the final snap and ran around and wasted some time off the clock.

One, I was watching a game with my son a couple weeks ago and it was the Missouri game. (Blackmon) ended up getting a concussion but he tried to play through the concussion, tried to talk the doctors into letting him play. So that was one, there’s so many, I could go on all night. When you play that many games with a guy who’s that good, and you win that many games and throw 37-38 however many touchdowns there’s a lot of good memories. But to me, it’s always going to be that Colorado one just because it was the first one.

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