We salute the very gifted Mel Blount of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is a former Pittsburgh Steelers corner back, five-time Pro Bowler and Hall of Fame inductee.

Blount is considered one of the best corner backs to have ever played in the NFL. His physical style of play made him one of the most feared defensive backs in the game at a time when pass interference rules were less lacks.

Blount was the building block corner back of his era and a significant reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers were the dominant team of the NFL in the 1970s.

He had the size, speed, and quickness for the position, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust his coverage tactics and excel despite rule changes that favored receivers.

Blount was equally effective playing either zone or man-to-man defense. Known for his rugged style of play, his specialty was the “bump-and-run” pass defense. Because of his size and speed, he physically overpowered pass receivers.

Midway through his career, however, the rules regarding pass coverage were changed, making such harassment of a receiver illegal. The rule would come to be named the Mel Blount Rule.

Blount, who was named the NFL’s MVP in 1975 earned All Pro acclaim in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1981. He also was a four-time All-AFC selection and played in five Pro Bowls. His fumble recovery in the 1979 AFC Championship Game led to the Steelers’’ winning touchdown in a 27-13 victory over the Houston Oilers. A season earlier in Super Bowl XIII, Blount’s interception sparked a Pittsburgh drive that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown in a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

In 1989, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Hall of Fame.

He was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1994, he was named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary All-Time team.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia and the NFL

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