Justin Blalock begins recently retired after his eighth season as the starting left guard with the Atlanta Falcons. A native of Plano, TX, Justin started 14 games at the left guard position as a rookie in 2007. He started his first career NFL game at Minnesota (9/9/07) and helped the offense record 265 total yards.
As a rookie, he was a member of an offensive line that assisted cleared running lanes for a ground attack that combined for 112 total rushing yards vs. Indianapolis (11/22) including RB Warrick Dunn eclipsing the 10,000 career rushing yard mark.
In 2008, Justin, started all 16 games at guard and helped the Falcons rank second in the NFL in rushing average per game (152.7). He was part of an offensive line that set a franchise record allowing only 17 sacks over the course of the season. He started on an offensive line that paved the way for a franchise single-game high 318 rushing yards vs. Detroit (9/7), including a career and franchise-high 220 rushing yards by RB Michael Turner.
Justin experienced an exciting accomplishment against Minnesota, December 21, 2008 when he recovered a Matt Ryan fumble in the end zone and becamethe first Falcons offensive lineman to record a touchdown since 1996 (Robie Tobeck). That touchdown helped the Falcons win the game and helped send them to the playoffs.
In 2010, he blocked for a Falcons rushing attack, which totaled 1,891 yards during the season and helped the Falcons win 13 out of 16 games. During toe 2012 season, Justin was a major part of the offensive line that helped the Falcons gain a 13-3 record and headed to the NFC Championship game.
Prior to establishing his NFL career, Justin started at Right Tackle for the Texas Longhorns. During his college career, Justin became the only Longhorn player to start 51 consecutive games. He is well known for providing the block that allowed quarterback Vince Young to make the winning touchdown in the 2005 Championship Game against USC.
Justin was a unanimous All-American and All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection at Texas as a senior. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman) and Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman). He also earned honors twice on the Academic Athletics Director’s Dean’s list.
Justin is a 2002 graduate of Plano East Senior High School (PESH) where he started at left guard for three years. He earned first-team All-America honors from USA Today, as a senior. In May 2008, he was inducted into PESH’s Hall of Honor for his accomplishments on and off the field.