American footballer Rodrigo Blankenship has received a commendation from the Royal Danish Consulate for his love of LEGO bricks.
That was enough for the Royal Danish Consulate in Macon, Georgia to present 24-year-old Blankenship with a plaque during a family dinner at his favourite local restaurant. What would traditionally have been a grander celebration was pared back to a close-knit affair amid current COVID-19 restrictions.
Blankenship told ESPN that he uses LEGO sets to handle pressure from his athletic career, and was even building when he learned he’d been signed by the Colts. Most of his childhood LEGO collection is still taking up space in his parents’ house, meanwhile, including early-2010s LEGO Star Wars sets such as 8098 Clone Turbo Tank and 7964 Republic Frigate.
“I don’t know about too many other football players who’d just come out and willingly say this,” Blankenship said in December. “Now, maybe some do [build LEGO], but they just don’t wanna talk about it.”
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