Patriots, Eagles Super Bowl champ LeGarrette Blount announces retirement from NFL

By Matt Fitzgerald
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs with the ball against New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time Super Bowl champion running back LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement on Friday after a nine-year NFL career.

The 34-year-old veteran last played for the Detroit Lions during the 2018 season, but won two championships with the New England Patriots and another title with the Philadelphia Eagles before then.

LeGarrette Blount retires, thanks teams he played for

In a lengthy Instagram post, LeGarrette Blount explained how he consulted with his closest family and friends before making his decision to retire. He then proceeded to express gratitude to all the NFL organizations who brought him aboard, with a notable exception being the Lions. That may have had something to do with the presence of recently-fired head coach Matt Patricia, but who’s to say?

Back on topic: Part of Blount’s statement read, “I gave everything I had to the game, my teammates, and my coaches. I want to show my appreciation to the organizations that believed in me enough to give me a real shot.”

Blount had the deck stacked against him entering the pros due to an on-field scuffle he partook in while playing at Oregon. He went from an almost guaranteed draft pick to not hearing his name called in 2010, forcing the bruising ball-carrier to grind his way onto an NFL roster.

After a brief undrafted free agent pit stop with the Tennessee Titans, Blount landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after clearing waivers. All he did as a rookie was rack up a 1,000-yard season on five yards per carry and score six touchdowns. Although Blount’s production would be inconsistent from there on, he reached some seriously epic heights during his time in the NFL.

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LeGarrette Blount stats, journeyman’s route to Super Bowls

LeGarrette Blount runs for Patriots
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) in the third quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Despite failing to clear 1,000 yards for the next five seasons after his breakout maiden campaign, the numbers are impressive for LeGarrette Blount considering he only started 62 of his 132 career games. He amassed 1,495 carries, 6,306 rushing yards (4.2 average) and 56 touchdowns, with 64 catches, 454 receiving and two more scores as a pass-catcher. Additionally, in the playoffs, Blount racked up 140 carries, 600 yards and 11 touchdown runs, including a 71-yarder.

The Bucs eventually traded Blount to the Patriots in 2013, where he played the 2013 season and part of the next year before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers on a two-year contract. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out in Pittsburgh, yet the blessing in disguise was that Blount had an in with New England, so he went back there for the rest of 2014.

In two of the next three seasons, Blount would be a driving force in helping the Patriots win two championships. Blount’s last year in Foxborough saw him lead the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

When New England didn’t re-sign him ahead of the following season, it led Blount to Philadelphia, where he served as a power runner who scored three TDs in the playoffs, ultimately helping the Eagles knock off the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Maybe Blount would’ve preferred to get one more shot on a contending team and end his playing days with more of a bang. Based on the statement he released on Saturday, though, it appears Blount is plenty at peace with his decision.

And why wouldn’t he be? Winning three championships and lasting for so long as a 6-foot, 247-pound punishing runner is plenty to accomplish, especially in light of the fact that Blount was an undrafted player at a position that’s become as interchangeable as any in the league.

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