Home » Sports » Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Mel Blount

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…Mel Blount

Start here


Mel BlountM Blountmel_blount_1983_08_01

Blount was the prototype cornerback of his era and a significant reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers were the dominant team of the National Football League in the 1970s.[4] A third-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, 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.

A Pro-Scouts All-American as both a safety and cornerback at Southern University, Blount became a starter in the Steelers secondary beginning in 1972. That season, he didn’t allow a single touchdown.[citation needed] 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 ended his career with 57 interceptions, which he returned for 736 yards and two touchdowns. He intercepted at least one pass in all 14 NFL seasons and led the league in interceptions with 11 in 1975. Blount also was used as a kickoff returner early in his career. He totaled 36 returns for 911 yards and a 25.3-yard average. He also recovered 13 opponents’ fumbles, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Blount, who was named the NFL’s most valuable defensive player in 1975 by the Associated Press, 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 ignited a Pittsburgh drive that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown in a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday salutes …the prototype of cornerbacks…Mel Blount.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions 57
INT yards 736
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: