"It's something that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. And I really, really didn't want that to be the way that I go out."
The last time Helena Native Sean Blomquist was on the gridiron, it was in a heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to Southern Oregon in 2014. But Sean's pride wasn't the only thing damaged in the loss.
"The fourth quarter, maybe the late third I tore a PCL, so I did have to get that reconstructed with a hamstring graph," said Blomquist. "I had to wait like a month to get surgery, so that kind of put me out another month."
His injury cost Sean the dream of a lifetime: to audition for the NFL. After rehab, he took a desk job working at Enterprise, where he was technically moving on from the game, but deep down inside, he knew he wasn't ready to say goodbye.
"It's been hard, I think, when you get hurt, and you lose a lot of the attention from the higher teams, the professional teams," said Blomquist. "I think it's something that's discouraging, but something that you can deal with. There's always part of me that thought I'd come back to football, whether it be coaching, playing, whatever it was."
That drive that got him through rehab, and three weeks ago, it got him an offer to play professional football for the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks.
"I think what I'm looking forward to most is just competing again," said Blomquist. "That's something that I've always loved to do. I want to see how good I can be. So going to the next level, I'm excited for that. Make sure you come in and compete everyday, because all of our jobs depend on it. Anyone on the team can be cut at anytime, and that's the nature of pro sports."
From a potential NFL prospect, to now getting his opportunity in the CFL, anyone who knows Sean Blomquist knows he has the motor to succeed. Now it's his time to prove it.