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Ed Blackburn, a native of Malvern, Iowa, was a two-sport standout at Wayne State College, starring in football and track and field from 1978-1982. Blackburn was a Second Team NAIA All-American tight end in 1981 along with receiving First Team NAIA All-District 11 and All-Central States Intercollegiate Conference honors. The 6-5, 220 pound receiver had 25 catches for 359 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season. He also was named to several all state college teams for his play on the football field. In track and field, Blackburn was a two-time All-American in the 110-meter high hurdles. Blackburn placed fifth at the 1980 NAIA National Meet with a time of 14.2 seconds and placed sixth at the 1981 NAIA National Meet with a time of 14.7 seconds. At the time of his induction, he held the school record in the 110-meter high hurdles at 14.0 seconds in 1982. Blackburn graduated from WSC in 1982 with a degree in education and at the time of his induction, was an industrial technology teacher at Desert Shadows Middle School in Apache Junction, Arizona and also served as a track coach. Blackburn was inducted into the WSC Athletics Hall of Fame October 17, 2001.