LeGarrette Montez Blount (/ˈlʌɡærɛt ˈblʌnt/; born December 5, 1986) is currently a free agent American football running back of the National Football League (NFL). He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2010, but joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the start of the 2010 NFL season. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, between his two stints with the New England Patriots, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and the Detroit Lions for the 2018 season.
With the Patriots, Blount won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. The following season he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, defeating his former team, the Patriots, 41–33. His 11 career rushing touchdowns in the playoffs are tied for 6th-most in NFL history.
Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons in junior college. He then committed to the Oregon Ducks football program as a junior, for the 2008 season. That year, he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored a school-record 17 touchdowns.
Blount in 2017
|Born:||December 5, 1986|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||247 lb (112 kg)|
|High school:||Perry (FL) Taylor County|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Blount was born December 5, 1986, in Madison, Florida, to Gary and Barbara Blount. He has one brother and one sister. His uncle is influential jazz composer Sun Ra. He attended Taylor County High School in the small town of Perry, Florida, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track & field. In high school football, he was a four-year starter and three-time 1,000-yard rusher. He first reached the milestone as a sophomore and equaled the feat the following season despite playing with a thigh bruise for most of the year. He was accorded second-team All-state player honors as a prep senior. In track & field, Blount competed in events such as the 100-meter dash (11.34 s), the long jump (22-1 or 6.75m), and the shot put (53-2 or 16.22m). He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m squad.
Considered only a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Blount was not ranked among the best running back prospects in the nation in the Class of 2005. Barely recruited out of high school, he attended camp at Auburn University but was not offered an athletic scholarship. He nonetheless intended to go to Auburn but did not qualify academically, so he headed for junior college at East Mississippi Community College.
While at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, Blount rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons, accumulating 367 carries for 2,292 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Among his career highlights was a 273-yard performance with three touchdowns in a win over Northeast Mississippi Community College during his freshman year; he led the state of Mississippi in rushing yards with 1,106 as early as October 2006. Blount was rated as the No. 1 junior college prospect by The Clarion-Ledger and received Junior College All-American honors.
By the end of his sophomore year, Blount had become one of the highest ranked junior college prospects. He was named the nation's top junior college running back and the No. 12 overall prospect in the Rivals.com Junior College Top 100. Blount was heavily recruited by several high-major schools, including Florida State and West Virginia. He committed to Oregon in December 2007. Oregon coaches said Blount reminded them of former Oregon and NFL running back Reuben Droughns.
Blount entered his junior year at Oregon sharing the running back role with senior Jeremiah Johnson. The two backs lived together, and the talkative Johnson advised Blount in his first Pac-10 season. For Blount, it was the first season in which he split time with another running back, and his reaction was mixed. The two backs each contributed nearly 100 yards and three touchdowns in an early 63–14 win over the Washington State Cougars, and both again performed well in a late season victory over the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War. However, Blount would record lackluster performances in games against USC and Cal. Overall, Blount rushed for 17 touchdowns, setting a single-season school record, and 1,002 yards. Blount and Johnson became only the second duo in team history to both clear 1,000 rushing yards in the same season; Johnson led the team with 1,201 yards.
He clashed several times during the season with veteran head coach Mike Bellotti, earning a suspension for the first quarter of a November loss to the California Golden Bears for "not following team rules."
Blount responded fairly well to the suspension, improving his attendance in both academic and athletic pursuits. He was reinstated by newly appointed head coach Chip Kelly in March. He attended some, but not all, voluntary workouts during the off-season, but was praised for an improved attitude by fellow members of the football program. He arrived at training camp in better physical shape than in 2008. At 243 pounds (110 kg), he was somewhat above his optimal weight, but was slimming down, and aiming for a 2,000 yard season. Blount was named to the watchlists for the Walter Camp Award and the Doak Walker Award for the 2009 season.
The Ducks opened their 2009 season with a 19–8 loss to the Boise State Broncos. Blount ended the game with negative yardage (−5) on eight carries. Blount had been interviewed by a Sports Illustrated reporter earlier in the summer and was asked about the excessive late hits in the 2008 game in Eugene between Oregon and Boise State. He had been quoted that because of the way Boise State beat Oregon in Eugene, they, "owed them an ass-whoopin'." In the 2008 game, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was forced to leave the game after taking a helmet to the chin on a late hit by a Boise State defender. Oregon lost that game, but the late hits were a topic of discussion as the teams prepared for the season opener against each other. Shortly after the game's end, Boise State defensive player Byron Hout came up to Blount during the team's handshakes and said, "How's that for an ass-whoopin'?" Blount sucker punched Hout, knocking him to the ground. Blount then hit teammate Garrett Embry, who was attempting to restrain him, in the helmet.
As he was escorted to the locker room, Blount confronted Boise State fans who were jeering at him after seeing the video replay. Blount says that one Boise State fan brandished a chair at him and another punched him. Two police officers and Oregon assistant coach Scott Frost restrained Blount and escorted him into the locker room. Video of the incident spread rapidly on the Internet.
Blount apologized after the incident saying, "I just apologize to everybody that was watching this — ESPN, national TV — I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans. It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn't have taken it that far."
Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Blount for the rest of the 2009 season. According to the Associated Press, "On Friday [Kelly] told a sobbing Blount of his decision: That punch would cost Blount the season, and ultimately his career with the Ducks. 'He understands that his actions are unacceptable. We will not put up with that.' Kelly said." Blount was not dismissed from the team, however, and would be permitted to attend practice and retain his scholarship.
Chip Kelly consulted with Oregon officials in advance of Blount's suspension. Afterward, the Pac-10 expressed support for the suspension. Kelly stated that he made his judgment based on the entire event and had not theorized how it would have changed had only certain parts of the incident occurred.
Following the announcement of Blount's punishment, a number of sports writers and analysts questioned whether or not suspension for the entire season was excessive. Wrote analyst Tom Dienhart: "But did Blount's punishment (banned from games the rest of the season) fit the crime? Blount should have been benched for three to five games, giving him a break for being in an emotional spot after being provoked by Hout."
Blount called Hout and Boise State coach Chris Petersen to apologize on September 5. Kelly participated in the calls. Hout was not suspended for his taunting, though Petersen stated that he did receive disciplinary action. Petersen accepted the apology as sincere, and expressed the wish that Blount would be able to go on playing football, and that many parties would learn from the experience.
Blount was given the opportunity to continue practicing with the team but was not at the first practice due to unspecified obligations. However, Blount was on the sidelines at practice the following day and began practice with the scout team a week later.
On October 1, an apology letter from Blount was published in the Oregon school newspaper the Oregon Daily Emerald. Later that day, the Oregon Athletic Department released a statement indicating that a plan that could reinstate Blount to the team was under consideration. The next day, head coach Chip Kelly announced that if Blount meets certain guidelines, he could return for the November 7 game against the Stanford Cardinal. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott responded that the conference alone had the power to reinstate Blount and would take Oregon's appeal under consideration if it occurred.
Blount was not reinstated in time for the Stanford game, but two days after the Ducks' loss to Stanford, the Ducks requested, and the Pac-10 approved, Blount's reinstatement for the Ducks' November 14 game against Arizona State. Blount released a statement thanking head coach Kelly for showing that he "cares enough to offer me this second chance" and that it was up to Blount to "prove to people that their lasting impressions of me are not what they saw in Boise." Blount suited up for the Arizona State and Arizona games, but since his replacement, LaMichael James, was playing so well, Blount did not see any playing time in those games.
In their final game of the season, the Civil War against rival Oregon State, the Ducks trailed by nine points in the third quarter. Blount came into the game for James and several plays later, scored on a 12-yard run to bring the Ducks within two points. Blount ended up rushing for 51 yards in the game and the Ducks would go on to win the game by a score of 37–33 and earn a berth in the 2010 Rose Bowl against Ohio State.
|September 6||Utah State||18||132||2||7.3||0||0||0||0.0||132||2|
|September 20||Boise State||18||99||1||5.5||0||0||0||0.0||99||1|
|September 27||Washington State||15||98||3||6.5||0||0||0||0.0||98||3|
|October 25||Arizona State||8||58||2||7.3||1||2||0||2.0||60||2|
|November 29||Oregon State||17||112||1||6.6||0||0||0||0.0||112||1|
|December 30||Oklahoma State||7||74||1||10.6||0||0||0||0.0||74||1|
|September 3||Boise State||8||−5||0||−0.6||2||13||0||6.5||13||0|
|suspended until November 14|
|November 14||Arizona State||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|December 3||Oregon State||9||51||1||5.7||0||0||0||0.0||51||1|
|January 1, 2010||2010 Rose Bowl||5||36||1||7.2||0||0||0||0.0||36||0|
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 1⁄2 in
|33 1⁄2 in
|4.59 s||1.61 s||2.56 s||4.49 s||6.85 s||35 in
|9 ft 9 in
|All values from NFL Combine/40-yard dash from Pro Day|
Blount was undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft but agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the draft. However, after a meeting with Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, Blount decided to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Titans instead. In August 2010, Blount was involved in another incident in which he threw a punch, this time at teammate defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, a few moments after having his own helmet ripped off in practice. Blount quickly talked to Titans head coach Jeff Fisher before leaving the field. "He apologized, and I said he didn't have to apologize," Fisher said. "It's football. It's training camp. . . . His past is his past. Is that the first punch you've seen in camp this year? No. I'm not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he learned from his mistake, and he's very competitive. That's why we brought him in here is to watch him run the football like that." Blount survived the final roster cut and was placed on the Titans' 53-man roster. Blount was then waived by the team on September 5, 2010, to make room for veteran linebackers Tim Shaw (Chicago Bears) and Patrick Bailey (Pittsburgh Steelers). Titans sources indicated that Blount would be signed to the rookie practice squad if he cleared waivers, which he did not.
On September 6, 2010, Blount was claimed off of waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in his first regular-season NFL game in a Week 3 home loss, 38–13, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, gaining 27 yards on six rushes and scoring one touchdown. On October 31, 2010, Blount recorded his breakout game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. He accumulated 120 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 22 carries, and nine receiving yards in the Buccaneers' 38–35 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. Highlighting the performance was a late game 43-yard run in which Blount hurdled approaching safety Kerry Rhodes. In Week 16, against the Seattle Seahawks, he rushed for a then career-high 164 yards in the 38–15 victory. At the end of his rookie season, Blount had played in 13 games and accumulated 1,007 rushing yards, which was the most by a rookie in the 2010 NFL season. Blount became the second undrafted running back in NFL history to accumulate 1,000 yards in his rookie year, joining Dominic Rhodes, who accomplished the feat for the Indianapolis Colts in 2001.
Blount started off the 2011 season with only five carries for 15 rushing yards against the Detroit Lions. The next week, Blount reestablished his strong running ability with 13 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings. This includes the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left to play. In a Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, Blount injured his knee after accumulating only 15 yards rushing and was forced to miss Weeks 6 and 7. Blount would ultimately return for the matchup with the New Orleans Saints. On November 20, 2011, Blount broke free from eight Green Bay Packers tacklers and scored on a 54-yard touchdown run.
Blount remained on the Buccaneers for the 2012 season. His best game of the season came against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 14 with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown. He did not have much as action with 41 carries for 151 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 2012 season.
On September 8, Blount made his Patriots debut against the Buffalo Bills in the season opener. In Week 4, against the Atlanta Falcons, he had 64 rushing yards and his first touchdown as a Patriot. In Week 15, against the Baltimore Ravens, he had 76 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 41–7 victory. On December 29, he led the Patriots to a playoff bye with a win over the Buffalo Bills in their second divisional matchup by rushing for a career-high 189 yards on 24 carries scoring two touchdowns and returning two kickoffs for 145 yards with a long of 83 yards. Blount set a franchise record for all-purpose yards with 334 yards. His performance earned him NFL Ground Player of the Week honors. Blount finished the season with 772 rushing yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. The Patriots made the playoffs and had a first round bye. In the Divisional Round against the Indianapolis Colts, he had 166 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the 43–22 victory. In the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos, he was limited to six yards on five carries in the 26–16 loss.
On March 28, 2014, Blount signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On August 20, 2014, Blount and fellow Steeler running back Le'Veon Bell were out cruising in Bell's Camaro with a female passenger, when traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over the Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount, and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn  Both Blount and Bell were arrested for marijuana possession. In addition, Bell also received a DUI. On September 7, 2014, Blount scored his first touchdown as a Steeler against the Cleveland Browns. On September 21, 2014, Blount ran for 118 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. This game was the only game of the season with 100-plus yards. On November 9, 2014, Blount returned a kick-off for 21 yards and had three carries for 8 yards when he was brought on the field to punch it in on first-&-goal from the one-yard-line, down 20–6 against the New York Jets, halfway through the fourth quarter. On first down, Blount was sent to carry the ball off the left guard for no gain. The Steelers ran the very same play on second down, but the Jets were expecting it and already in the backfield before Blount even got the ball, with Blount's attempt to shake loose going terribly wrong (losing 8 yards) and leaving the Steelers facing third-&-goal from the nine-yard-line. That play marked the final time Blount would touch the ball as a Steeler. On November 17, 2014, Blount left the game against the Tennessee Titans, after not getting a single touch all day for the first time all season, leaving the field before the game ended (while Pittsburgh was in the "victory formation"). Blount was subsequently released by the Steelers and finished his short-term Steelers tenure with 266 yards and two touchdowns. 
On November 20, 2014, after clearing waivers, Blount signed a two-year deal with the Patriots.
On November 23, 2014, Blount's first game back with New England concluded in 78 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns in a 34–9 victory over the Detroit Lions. On December 14, 2014, Blount scored his third touchdown with the Patriots on the season against the Miami Dolphins. In his second season with Patriots, Blount rushed 60 times for 281 yards and three touchdowns in five games.
The Patriots made the playoffs and had a first round bye. Blount had a limited role in the Divisional Round victory over the Baltimore Ravens. In the AFC Championship Game, Blount had 30 carries for 148 rushing yards and three touchdowns, as New England routed the Indianapolis Colts 45–7. In doing so, he became the New England Patriots' franchise leader in postseason rushing touchdowns with seven. In Super Bowl XLIX, Blount rushed 14 times for 40 yards as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28–24.
On April 7, 2015, it was announced that Blount had been suspended for the first game of the 2015 season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy during his stint with the Steelers.
On September 27, 2015, Blount scored a career-high three rushing touchdowns on 18 carries for 78 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On October 18, 2015, Blount ran for 93 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, as well as catching his first career receiving touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. On November 8, 2015, Blount ran for a season-high 129 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins.
On December 15, 2015, it was reported that Blount was added to the Patriots' injured/reserved list for the remainder of the season after suffering a left hip injury during the previous game against the Houston Texans. He ended the 2015 season having recorded 165 carries, 703 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns in 12 games.
Blount re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal on April 12, 2016.
In the Patriots' season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on NBC Sunday Night Football, Blount recorded 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the 23–21 victory. The following week, he compiled 123 rushing yards on 29 carries and a touchdown in a 31–24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Blount led the league with 298 rushing yards in the first three games and he would later be named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.
On October 23, Blount ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, en route to a 27–16 Patriots win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and his first time returning to Pittsburgh since being released by the Steelers in 2014 The following game, Blount ran for his ninth touchdown of the season against the Buffalo Bills. He led the league with nine rushing touchdowns in Week 8. On November 13, 2016, Blount ran for 69 yards on 21 carries and a season-high and career-high tying three touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks. This brought his total of rushing touchdowns to 12. On December 12, 2016, Blount ran for 72 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. Blount scored his 14th touchdown of the season. Blount surpassed Curtis Martin's franchise record for rushing touchdowns by scoring his 15th touchdown against the Denver Broncos. In Week 16 and 17, he added three more touchdowns—two against the New York Jets and one against the Miami Dolphins—to extend his record to 18 touchdowns.
Blount finished the season with 1,161 rushing yards, the eighth highest total in the league, and the most for a Patriots running back since Stevan Ridley's 1,263 rushing yards in 2012. His 18 touchdowns were a league high, making him the first Patriot in franchise history to lead the league in rushing touchdowns. His 18 total touchdowns for the season is tied for second with tight end Rob Gronkowski in Patriots history, and second only to Randy Moss's 23 receiving touchdowns in 2007. The Patriots finished the season 14–2 and earned a first round bye. In the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans, he had 31 rushing yards in the 34–16 victory. In the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he finished with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 36–17 victory to reach Super Bowl LI. Blount fumbled in Falcons' territory in the second quarter when game was scoreless. The Patriots trailed 28–3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game by a score of 34–28 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Super Bowl featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. Blount had 11 carries for a team-high 31 rushing yards. He was ranked 80th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
On September 10, 2017, Blount made his Eagles debut in the season-opening 30–17 victory over the Washington Redskins. On the day, he had 14 carries for 46 yards and a one-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Carson Wentz. The touchdown was the second receiving touchdown of Blount's career. In Week 4, against the Los Angeles Chargers, he recorded 136 rushing yards and a 20-yard reception in the 26–24 victory. The Eagles had a 13–3 record on the season and Blount finished the season with 766 rushing yards and two touchdowns. In the playoffs, Blount had a rushing touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. The Eagles won 15–10 and advanced to the NFC Championship. He added another touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, as the Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl for the third time in Blount's career.
In Super Bowl LII, Blount rushed for 90 yards, which included a 21-yard touchdown run. The Eagles won against his former team, the New England Patriots, by a score of 41–33, giving Blount his third Super Bowl championship and the Eagles' first in franchise history. Blount is one of only five players to win back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams along with Ken Norton, Jr., Deion Sanders, Brandon Browner, and teammate Chris Long.
During Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, Blount shoved an opposing 49ers player while on the sidelines and was ejected for the first time in his NFL career. In Week 5, against the Green Bay Packers, he recorded his first multi-touchdown game with the Lions in the 31–23 victory. In a Week 12 loss to the Chicago Bears, he had his best output of the season with 88 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Overall, Blount finished the 2018 season with 418 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.
The 2008 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 30, 2008, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Oregon Ducks, and was part of the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of the games in the 2008-2009 bowl season to be nationally televised by ESPN. The Ducks won the contest, 42-31.2008 Oregon Ducks football team
The 2008 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was the final season for Mike Bellotti as the Ducks' head coach; he was promoted to become the school's athletic director after the season. The Ducks played their home games at Autzen Stadium. They finished the season 10–3, 7–2 in Pac-10 play, and were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they defeated Oklahoma State 42–31.2009 Oregon Ducks football team
The 2009 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach Chip Kelly in his first season as a head coach at the Division I FBS level. Kelly was only the third Ducks head coach since 1977 and led the Ducks to a Pac-10 Championship and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He took over for Mike Bellotti.
The Ducks finished the season 10–3, 8–1 in Pac-10 to claim the Pac-10 championship and earn the conference's automatic BCS berth where they were invited to the Rose Bowl, the schools fifth Rose Bowl and first since the 1994 season. They were defeated by Ohio State 26–17.2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
The 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 35th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers entered the season attempting to improve on their 3–13 record and last place finish in the NFC South in 2009, a feat they accomplished after only six games. The Buccaneers achieved the best turnaround in franchise history and became the first team since the NFL merger in 1970 to start 10 rookies and achieve a winning season. Raheem Morris spent his second season as head coach. The Buccaneers had the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, with which they selected Gerald McCoy.
John McKay, the team's first head coach, became the second inductee into the Ring of Honor on December 5 during a game against Atlanta. McKay's son Rich, a former Buccaneers general manager, and current president of the Falcons, accepted the award for his late father. The Buccaneers wore throwback uniforms for the Falcons game.Despite finishing the season with a 10–6 record (a seven-game improvement from the year before), the team failed to sell out any of its home games at Raymond James Stadium. It is the second NFL stadium that failed to sell out any of the team's home games, the first stadium was Sun Devil Stadium back in 2005. This was the team's last winning season until the 2016 season.2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
The 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League and the third and final under head coach Raheem Morris. The team competed in the NFC South. Both of their preseason home games, and seven of their regular season home games were played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. One regular season home game, on October 23, was played at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the NFL International SeriesThe team had not made the playoffs since the 2007 as of 2018 and the team attempted to build upon their success from 2010, when despite having a 10–6 record, they failed to make the playoffs. By week 12, however, they had already lost their seventh game of the season, preventing them from matching their 2010 record. The Bucs were eliminated from playoff contention in week 14, and finished the season with a 4–12 record. Raheem Morris was fired on January 2, 2012, one day after the season finale.
The Buccaneers' defense was among the worst in the league in 2011. Tampa Bay allowed the most points in the league (494), the most yards per play (tied at 6.3), most yards per pass attempt (tied at 7.6), the most rushing yards (2,497) and the most rushing touchdowns (26). They also allowed the second most yards per attempt (5.0), the second most rushing first downs (135), the third most total yards (6,311) and fourth most total first downs (356) of all teams in 2011.2013 New England Patriots season
The 2013 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the 54th overall. The Patriots finished 12–4 and with the AFC's No. 2 seed for a second consecutive season. Along with their seeding, New England was awarded a first-round bye in the playoffs for the fourth season in a row, only the second such occurrence for any team since the league switched to a 6-team playoff format in 1990 (the others being the 1992-95 Dallas Cowboys). The Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 43–22 in the Divisional round of the playoffs, but lost in the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos, by a score of 26–16.2016 New England Patriots season
The 2016 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall and the 17th under head coach Bill Belichick.
During the season, the New England Patriots became the first team that originated from the American Football League to reach 500 franchise wins—regular season and playoffs—with their Week 12 win over the New York Jets. In Week 15, the Patriots clinched their eighth straight AFC East division title, and in doing so surpassed the 1979 Los Angeles Rams for most consecutive division titles. With their Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots clinched home field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs and ended the regular season with a league-best record of 14–2. With their win over the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the sixth consecutive year, surpassing the 1977 Oakland Raiders for most consecutive appearances in conference championship games. After their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots became the first organization to clinch a ninth Super Bowl berth. They surpassed the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Denver Broncos who are all tied at 8. Furthermore, Bill Belichick broke the record for a head coach by coaching his seventh Super Bowl, breaking a tie with Don Shula.Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season due to his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal. Under backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the team went 3–1 during Brady's suspension. During the season, Bill Belichick moved into fourth place on the list for most wins as a head coach, and Brady set the record for most wins by a starting quarterback (208 following the Super Bowl win). The Patriots were 8–0 on the road, matching a feat they first accomplished in the 2007 season; they are the seventh NFL team to accomplish this feat.The Patriots set a record for the most pass attempts by a team without an interception to start a season, and, collectively, Garoppolo, Brissett, and Brady combined to set a single season record for fewest interceptions thrown by a team, with just 2. Tom Brady also set the record for the best touchdown–interception ratio in a single season, with 28 touchdowns and 2 interceptions (a 14:1 ratio), breaking Nick Foles's mark of 27 touchdowns to 2 interceptions (13.5:1), set in 2013 while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, the defense led the league for fewest points allowed (250) for the first time since the 2003 season.In Super Bowl LI, the Patriots rallied from a 28–3 deficit – with 2:12 left in the third quarter – to win in overtime, with a score of 34–28 against the Atlanta Falcons. This would be the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title. Super Bowl LI was the first Super Bowl to be decided in overtime and constituted the first time the winner erased a deficit higher than ten points. This would also be a record fifth Super Bowl victory for the Brady–Belichick quarterback-head coach combo. For Tom Brady, this would be his fifth. With the Super Bowl win, he broke his tie with hall of fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw who both have four wins each. Moreover, head coach Bill Belichick's fifth Super Bowl meant he surpassed Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll (4) for most wins in the Super Bowl by a head coach.2017 Philadelphia Eagles season
The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League, their 15th playing their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, and the second under head coach Doug Pederson. Philadelphia won its first-ever Super Bowl title, as well as the franchise's first NFL Championship since 1960.
The Eagles improved their 7–9 record from 2016, reaching a record of 13–3, and tying their 2004 season for the highest winning percentage in franchise history. Their win against the Los Angeles Rams allowed them to clinch the division title for the first time since 2013, but came with the loss of Carson Wentz to a torn ACL. A close win against the New York Giants in Week 15 helped the Eagles clinch a first-round bye for the first time in 13 years, and a Christmas Night home win over the Oakland Raiders allowed the Eagles to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 15–10 in the Divisional Round and routed the Minnesota Vikings 38–7 in the NFC Championship. The win against the Falcons in the divisional round was their first playoff win since 2008. The Eagles were the first No. 1 seed in the playoffs since 1980 to be an underdog in the Divisional Round, as well as in the Conference Championship. In total, six Eagles players were selected for the Pro Bowl, including four first-time recipients. However, none of them participated due to preparations for Super Bowl LII.
The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 41–33 in Super Bowl LII for their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. It was also their fourth NFL Championship, and their first league title since 1960. This was the second time the Eagles and Patriots battled in a Super Bowl; when they met in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots won 24–21. Backup quarterback Nick Foles was named Super Bowl MVP and became the first backup to receive this award since his opponent, Tom Brady, did so in Super Bowl XXXVI 15 years earlier. The Eagles defeated both Super Bowl teams from the previous NFL season (the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons) in the playoffs. They also defeated both teams who had beaten them in their only two previous Super Bowl appearances. They defeated the Oakland Raiders in the regular season, who beat them in Super Bowl XV and the Patriots in the Super Bowl, who previously beat them in Super Bowl XXXIX.2018 Detroit Lions season
The 2018 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 89th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their first under a new coaching staff led by head coach Matt Patricia. With their loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, the Lions failed to improve on their 9–7 campaign from the season before. With their Week 15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Lions clinched their first losing season since 2015, making this also their first losing season in the post-Calvin Johnson era. They also missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season and finished last in the NFC North for the first time since 2012 with a 6–10 record.
Despite the disappointing season, the Lions were able to upset the defending back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots 26–10 during Week 3, marking their first win over the Patriots since 2000, which was also the first year of the Brady/Belichick era (and so far the Patriots' last losing season). The Lions were also able to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the second straight year.Blount (surname)
Blount (or Blunt) is a common surname of English derivation, meaning "blonde, fair" (Old French blund), or dull (Middle English blunt, blont)
Anna Blount, physician, suffragist and birth control activist in the United States
Bessie Blount, mistress of Henry VIII of England and mother of his only illegitimate son, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset
Bessie Blount, (1914–2009) an African American inventor
Charles Blount (deist), (1654–1693), author and son of Sir Henry Blount
Charles Hubert Boulby Blount (1893-1940), English airman and cricketer
Sir Christopher Blount (d. 1601), companion of Sir Walter Raleigh and cousin of Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devonshire
Edward Blount (or Blunt), publishing partner for the First Folio of the works of Shakespeare
Elizabeth Blount (1502–1540), mistress of Henry VIII and the mother of his illegitimate son, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset
Sir James Blount (d. 1493), English commander of the fortress of Hammes and a minor character in Shakespeare's play Richard III
F. Nelson Blount, (1918–1967), President and founder of Blount Seafood Corporation, millionaire and collector of vintage steam locomotives and rail cars.
Sir Henry Blount, author of Voyage into the Levant (1635)
Herman Blount, (1914–1993), birth name of jazz musician Sun Ra
James Henderson Blount (1837–1903), U.S. congressman from Georgia, Minister to Hawaii
James Blunt born James Hillier Blount, British musician, singer/songwriter
Keith Blount (born 1966), British admiral and Fleet Air Arm officer
LeGarrette Blount (1986—), National Football League player
Mark Blount (1975—), American basketball player
Mel Blount (1948—), American professional football player
Ralph Blount (or Blunt), merchant tailor of London, father of Edward Blount
Richard Blount, S.J. (1565–1638), English Priest and Jesuit Provincial
Roy Blount, Jr. (1941—), American humorist
Sir Thomas Blount (died 1400), courtier, executed for his part in the Epiphany Rising
Thomas Blount (born c 1604), English civil war soldier, MP and inventor.
Thomas Blount (1618–1679), English antiquarian and lexicographer
Thomas Blount (1759–1812), American Revolutionary War veteran and congressman from North Carolina
William Blount (1749–1800), American statesman and senator from Tennessee
W. Frank Blount (1938—), American businessman
William Grainger Blount (1784–1827), American statesman from Tennessee, son of William Blount
Willie Blount (1768–1835), American Governor of Tennessee, half-brother of William Blount
Winton M. Blount (1921–2002), American industrialist and US Postmaster-General
Cecil Blount DeMille (1881–1959), American film producer and businessman
Michael Blount (1529–c.1597), Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
Blount baronets, English baronets of Sodington and TittenhangerEnglish nobility, Barons Mountjoy and Earls of Newport in the English Peerage:
Walter Blount, 1st Baron Mountjoy (1420–1474)
Edward Blount, 2nd Baron Mountjoy (1467–1475)
John Blount, 3rd Baron Mountjoy (1445–1485)
William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy (1478–1534) scholar and chamberlain to Catherine of Aragon
Charles Blount, 5th Baron Mountjoy (1516–1544)
James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy (died 1581)
William Blount, 7th Baron Mountjoy (1561–1594)
Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon and 8th Baron Mountjoy (1562–1606), English courtier, soldier, and colonial administrator
Mountjoy Blount, 1st Earl of Newport (1597–1665)
Mountjoy Blount, 2nd Earl of Newport (1630–1674)
Thomas Blount, 3rd Earl of Newport (died 1675)
Henry Blount, 4th Earl of Newport (died 1679)Casey Walker
Casey Walker (born December 6, 1989) is a former American football nose tackle. He played college football at Oklahoma. He was a member of the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.Gary Campbell (American football coach)
Gary Campbell (born February 15, 1951) is a former American football player and coach. He is the former running backs coach for the University of Oregon football team.>Jeff Demps
Jeffery Barnard Demps (born January 8, 1990) is a retired American football running back and is currently a full-time track and field athlete. He attended the University of Florida, where he was a running back for the Florida Gators football team and a sprinter for the Florida Gators track and field team. He is the only Florida Gator athlete to have won national championships in two sports with his 2009 BCS National Championship and multiple indoor and outdoor track titles over his four-year career. Demps matched the 100 meters world junior record with a time of 10.01 seconds in June 2008. In January 2012, Demps decided to focus on the 2012 United States Olympic Trials instead of the 2012 NFL Draft, pursuing a career in track rather than professional football. After winning a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Demps signed a contract with the NFL's New England Patriots on August 17, 2012. He was a running back for the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Indianapolis Colts. He only had regular season playing time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Le'Veon Bell
Le'Veon Andrew Bell Sr. ( LAY-vee-on; born February 18, 1992) is an American football running back for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.List of National Football League career rushing touchdowns leaders
This is a list of National Football League (NFL) running backs by total career rushing touchdowns. This list includes all running backs with at least 75 of them.Perry, Florida
Perry is a city in Taylor County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,017.
It is the county seat. The city was named for Madison Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War.Stephen A. Smith
Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967) is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN First Take, where he appears with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. He also makes frequent appearances as an NBA analyst on SportsCenter. He also is an NBA analyst for ESPN on NBA Countdown and NBA broadcasts on ESPN. Smith formerly hosted The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM. He now hosts The Stephen A. Smith Show on the Chris Russo sports radio station: Mad Dog Sports Radio (SIRIUS XM Radio, channel 82) and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com, ESPN.com, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl LII was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2017 season. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) and defending Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, 41–33, to win their first Super Bowl and their first NFL title since 1960. The game was played on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the second time that a Super Bowl was played in Minneapolis, the northernmost city to ever host the event, after Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome during the 1991 season, and the sixth Super Bowl held in a cold-weather city.New England finished the regular season with an AFC-best 13–3 record, then extended their record Super Bowl appearances to ten, their third in four years, and their eighth under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Philadelphia also finished the regular season with an NFC-best 13–3 record but entered the playoffs as underdogs after starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury late in the regular season. Backup quarterback Nick Foles, who was widely underestimated and discredited by pregame broadcasts, was the Eagles' starting quarterback for the rest of the season. With Foles, the Eagles advanced to their third Super Bowl appearance, having previously lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV and to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Several records were set during Super Bowl LII, including most yards gained in an NFL game by both teams combined (1,151), fewest punts from both teams in a Super Bowl (one), and most points scored by a Super Bowl losing team (33). The game was settled after the Eagles converted a fumble recovery deep within Patriots territory to a field goal with 1:05 remaining to extend their lead to eight points, and Brady's Hail Mary pass fell incomplete as time expired. Foles, who completed 28 of 43 pass attempts for 373 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass on a trick play, was named Super Bowl MVP. Foles' touchdown catch later became known as the Philly Special and joined NFL lore alongside his unexpected performance.
The broadcast of the game on NBC had the smallest Super Bowl audience in nine years, with an average of 103.4 million viewers. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Justin Timberlake, was 106.6 million American television viewers, 9 percent less than the previous year.
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