When Jimmy Blackmore ’95 thinks about Marist, he thinks about the people. “The people of Marist (teammates, fellow students, coaches, teachers, administrators) are a very special group,” he said. “The bonds I made with the guys on the football and basketball teams have truly lasted a lifetime. So many people in the Marist community have touched my life in so many positive ways by encouraging the development of faith, academics, and sports.”
Blackmore had an impact on others’ lives, too. He was a natural leader on and off the field. He played football for 15 years but remembers the 1993 Marist season as his favorite because of the humble, quality young men on the team who he still calls his friends. During his time at Marist, he was voted football team captain three times. He amassed 16 career touchdowns, 2,203 all-purpose yards, and 14 career tackles. He was all-conference and all-area in 1993 and 1994. He credits a long list of Marist coaches with “building my foundation of hard work, toughness, and how to thoughtfully deal with the perils of success and failure.” He was a presence on the basketball court for Marist, too.
He went on play football at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) and earned his bachelor degree. He continued to succeed on the field, 37 of 43 career games at free safety. He amassed 235 career tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, five fumble recoveries, ten pass deflections, and nine interceptions. He earned honors and accolades from coaches and teammates alike.
In college, Blackmore also met his wife, Gina, and today they live in Downers Grove with their kids Sofie and Bowen. He runs his family construction business and still loves to hear about a big Marist football win.
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