LeGarrette Blount is a professional American running back who currently plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was born on December 5, 1986, in Madison, Florida USA to the family of Gary and Barbara Blount.
Blount’s journey to the NFL began in 2010 as an undeveloped free agent with the Tennessee Titans. That same year, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2010 NFL season began.
LeGarrette Blount Wiki, Bio, Career
In the early days of his education, LeGarrette Blount attended Taylor County High School in Perry, Florida, and while studying there, he participated in two sports – soccer and athletics. For four years he was one of the players in the starting line-up of the school’s soccer team and a three-time 1,000-yard forward.
He was awarded All-State Player Honors as a Prep Senior in the second team and also participated in various athletic events, such as the 100-meter run (11.34 s), the long jump (22-1 or 6.75 m) and shot put (53-2 or 16.22 m). Blount was also part of the 4 × 100-meter squads.
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Despite the efforts, he made during his time on the high school team, LeGarrette Blount was rated by both Rivals.com and Scout.com as just a two-star recruit and therefore not considered one of the country’s best running back prospects in the 2005 class.
To receive a college scholarship, Blount attended a camp at his dream college – Auburn University. Unfortunately, he was neither offered a sports scholarship nor was he able to qualify academically for the school. Since all the doors of Auburn University were closed, he had no choice but to attend Junior College at East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, Mississippi.
He played there for two seasons, covering more than 1,000 yards in each season. He collected 367 carries for 2,292 yards and 18 hurried touchdowns. After playing so well on the school team, he became the number one Junior College prospect after being rated by The Clarion-Ledger and received Junior College All-America awards. By the time he finished his sophomore year, Rivals.com “discovered” his earlier miscalculation and placed the football star as number 12 in the Junior College Top 100, which was the beginning of his breakthrough!
LeGarrette Blount was highly sought after by several top league schools, but in December 2007 he signed up to play for the Oregon Ducks and performed well throughout the season. However, he missed several training sessions towards the end of the season and was therefore suspended from the team indefinitely on February 10th.
During the period of his suspension, Blount devoted more attention to his academics and his sporting activities and improved his presence in both aspects. In March he was reinstated by newly appointed head coach Chip Kelly. However, following an ugly display of anger by Blout during a game with Boise State players, he was suspended for the rest of the 2009 season. He then published an apology letter through the Oregon Daily Emerald and was eventually reinstated. In his last season, the team earned a place in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
He also joined the NFL Draft in 2010 but was not drafted. After the draft, he was supposed to agree to a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, but after a meeting with the Tennessee Titans, he decided to sign there as an undeveloped free agent. He survived several cutbacks during training and was added to the Titans’ 53 lists, but was eventually released later that year. He was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On April 27, 2013, Blount was transferred to the New England Patriots and played with them for the rest of the season. On March 28, 2014, he signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which increased his fortune, but due to the problems he continued to have on the field, he was released later that year.
On 20 November 2014, Blount joined the Patriots after signing a two-year contract with them. He played his first game with the team, which ended with a win against the Detroit Lions. On December 14, 2014, he scored his third touchdown with the team against the Miami Dolphins. He played during the AFC Championship Game with 30 Carries for 148 stormy yards and three touchdowns and also played well in the Patriots’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLIX.
In 2015, LeGarrette Blount was again suspended for drug abuse but was later allowed to play several games before suffering a left hip injury. On April 12, 2016, he received another one-year deal with the Patriots and finished the season with 1,161 rushing yards, the eighth-highest total in the league. He was also instrumental in the Patriots’ victory at the Super Bowl LI, which was the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Income and Net Worth
On May 17, 2017, Blount signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $1.25 million, which includes a $200,000 signing bonus, $400,000 guaranteed and an average annual salary of $1,250,000. It is estimated that the man has a net worth of $7 million.
LeGarrette Blount Wife, Girlfriend
This famous NFL player is not married but has a longtime girlfriend named Merissa McCullough. They met at the University of Oregon in 2009 during Blount’s senior year and have been together ever since. At the beginning of the 2009 soccer season, the couple welcomed a son together.
It was reported that the duo was engaged at one point. But when a reporter asked LeGarrette Blount about his girlfriend in September 2013, he gave an answer that implied they were no longer together. But to the excitement of his fans, LeGarrette Blount’s girlfriend Merissa accompanied him to the Patriot Ring ceremony in late 2017, and her family seems to be doing well!
Blount’s Height and Weight
For players of certain sports, there is always an ideal body size. NFL players tend to be tall and strong, though not as tall as basketball players. Like most of his peers, LeGarrette Blount is exactly 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighs 250 lb (113 kg).