LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement from the NFL

LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement from the NFL

LeGarrette Blount took to Instagram to formally announce his retirement from professional football. Blount posted a 3-minute video with highlights of his career with the Buccaneers, Steelers, Patriots, Eagles, and Lions while adding commentary.

“I just want to inform y’all that I’m officially retiring,” Blount wrote. “I have thought long and hard about this decision, and I’ve talked to my closest family members and fans about this. We collectively agreed on this decision. It is in the best interest of me and my family.”

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Blount debuted with Tampa Bay in 2010 and quickly showed off his abilities. As a rookie, Blount rushed for 1,007 yards and 6 touchdowns in 13 games.

Then in 2013, Blount found his way to New England and became an important cog in the Patriots’ offense. He soon emerged as a fan favorite due to his physical running style and nose for the goal-line. That year, Blount put on a clinic against the Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

In that contest, Blount pounded Indianapolis into submission with 166 yards on 24 carries. He found pay-dirt 4 times, including a back-breaking 74-yard touchdown run, in rainy Foxborough.

3 rings in 4 years

While his time in Pittsburgh did not work out, Blount found his way back to New England in 2014. He contributed 189 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Patriots that postseason as the organization captured their 4th Lombardi Trophy.

Blount’s most memorable campaign took place in 2016. He lead the league with 18 rushing touchdowns and gained over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career. The bruising back became the last thing a goal-line defense wanted to see.

In a talented backfield that included Dion Lewis and James White, Blount’s role was somewhat decreased in the postseason. However, he did add a touchdown and 109 yards those playoffs as the Patriots won their 5th Super Bowl in dramatic fashion.

Although Boston fans want to forget about this postseason, Blount found success with the Eagles in 2017. He was an important factor for Philadelphia in the playoffs, scoring 1 touchdown in all 3 playoff wins. Ironically, his best individual performance in a Super Bowl was against the Patriots that year.

LeGarrette Blount’s final year as an NFL back came in Detroit in 2018. At 32, he rushed for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns in 16 games.

Tip of the cap

Overall, Blount enjoyed a successful career as an NFL running back. In 9 seasons, he accumulated 6,306 yards and 56 touchdowns in 132 games. In 11 postseason games, he added another 600 yards and 11 scores. Winning 3 rings in 4 seasons is an impressive feat.

Above all, he will be remembered in New England as an important offensive weapon for 2 Super Bowl Championship teams. LeGarrette Blount was one of the best pure running backs Bill Belichick and Tom Brady ever had.

Story by Chad Jones

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