Q and A with Justin Blalock

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Each week during the season The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will conduct and question and answer session with a Falcons player about their off-field interests and activities. The intention is to give fans some insight into the player and a little sense of what makes him tick.

This week we spoke with Justin Blalock. The left guard revealed his passion for music and reading. This summer, he served as host and guest conductor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Blalock conducted 120 musicians in Raiders March, the theme from the movie “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Falcons right guard Justin Blalock is currently reading Great Expectations. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons left guard Justin Blalock is currently reading Great Expectations. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Q. How did you get involved with conducting for the Orchestra?

A. I directed a piece of a concert for a youth and professional symphony in June. I got involved with it because I was looking for something to do with music, trying to expand my area of influence in the Atlanta area. That was something I was really passionate about because I was involved in it when I was a kid and it seemed like a logical place to go with it.

I was in band from sixth grade until my junior year in high school [in Plano, Texas]. I never marched because I was always playing [football]. It had a profound impact on my life, and I thought that I would like to get involved with here.

Q. What instrument did you play?

A. Tuba, of course. Stick the fat guy in the back.

Q. What is on your iPod?

A. A little bit of everything. I usually just let Pandora run, so there might be anything from R&B, country, heavy metal. It kind of depends on what kind of mood I’m in or what kind of mood I’m trying to set.

Q. If you weren’t a football player, what would you do for a living?

A. Astrophysicist. Maybe.

Q. What is your favorite pastime when you are away from football?

A. Movies. I love movies. I try to watch one a week [at the theatre].

Q. What’s your favorite movie genre?

A. Anything but romantic comedy.

Q. What is your favorite toy?

A. Xbox. I guess that qualifies as a toy. I don’t play sports games. I probably play every other day. Right now I’m playing Borderlands. It’s kind of an alter game, but one I like.

Q. What was the last book you read?

A. I’m in the middle of Great Expectations right now. The last one I finished as The Island of Dr. Moreau. Movies and reading are pretty much it right now.

Q. Why did you pick a classic like Great Expectations?

A. It was free on iBooks. I’ve got no better reason. That’s really it.

- Chris Vivlamore

14 comments Add your comment


September 8th, 2012
11:10 am

‘Great Expectations,’ the character Bentley Drummie, sounds like a certain stalker blogger, Dickens for the modern world…


September 8th, 2012
11:35 am

I wish I had reason for “great expectations” for our offensive line this year


September 8th, 2012
11:52 am

He’s our best O-lineman and one of the most underrated guards in the league.


September 8th, 2012
11:59 am

Justin sounds like a pretty cool guy–just like one of your buds, only smarter. Good stuff, Chris…


September 8th, 2012
1:00 pm

LOL! I like this guy, good sense of humor…Great Expectations! …uh-huh…..cause it’s free on I-Books! LOL! Or maybe, cause he has great expectations himself more like it. LOL!

Like Pip, you’re about to be gravely disappointed.


September 8th, 2012
1:41 pm

12-4? You Fal-con Fanatics are delusional…


September 8th, 2012
1:45 pm

Melt not so stout on the road? Hmmmmm

0-1. Kansas City wins. San Diego[Norv Turner will out coach Wade Phillips Jr] wins too. Both road games. Yes..

The Real Falcon

September 8th, 2012
3:02 pm

CGD in the house as usual. And needng to be evicted!


September 8th, 2012
3:39 pm

Very nice Justin. Very classy and intellectual gentleman. I hope he makes sweet music this year against anyone across from him. LOL I’d like to exchange ideas with this guy. Seems like one of those athletes where this is really just his profession….nothing more nothing less.

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Michael M.

September 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

Who thinks he is better at music than playing football ?………………………………………………
……………………………..I say he excels at both and that is just the facts mam……………..lmao…….

Michael M.

September 8th, 2012
4:48 pm

Just a thought but looking at that picture up there ………………he kinda looks like he was waitin on some poor ole soul like CGD or STB4 to come along where he would wrap that tape around their necks and strangle them……………………..ha ! ha !


September 8th, 2012
4:53 pm

By this time tomorrow we’ve got a victory over the KC Chiefs in the books! 1-0 Baby!!!


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