Eagles running back, LeGarrette Blount will participate in his third Super Bowl in the last four seasons. The two previous times (XLIX, LI) he walked off in dramatic fashion with the Patriots—the very team he is set to face in nine days.
“Straight enemy mode,” Blount said on Thursday. “Ain’t no friends. Ain’t no homies. None of that. We know … we know what we’re going to do. They know what they’re going to do. We both have the same goal in mind. There aren’t any hard feelings, it just is what it is.”
Blount originally came to the Patriots in 2013 via a trade with the Buccaneers. He made an immediate impact with the Patriots, rushing for nearly 800 yards and scoring seven times on the ground. Ultimately, the Patriots season ended with an AFC Championship Game loss to the Denver Broncos. He signed with the Steelers following the 2013 season. However, midway through the season, the Steelers surprisingly released Blount which opened up his path back to the Patriots. Sound familiar?
A few months later, he was a Super Bowl champion.
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In 2016, Blount enjoyed his best season of his career. He rushed for 1,106 yards and had a career and Patriots franchise record, 18 rushing touchdowns. He led the league in that category and once again ended his season with a win on the grandest of stages. Blount ultimately signed with the Eagles in the offseason and now will have to face his former team in order win his third Super Bowl.
“I play for the Eagles now,” Blount said. “I don’t play for the Patriots anymore and I don’t watch the Patriots. I don’t care about the Patriots. I’m just focus on what we need to do put us in the best position to win this game. I had a great time there last year, but, last year is last year.”
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In his first season in Philadelphia, he didn’t have the same number of touchdowns as he did the previous year. However, along with Jay Ayaji and Corey Clements, they formed a formidable running back group capable of attacking an opposing defense in a number of ways. That versatility will be crucial in trying to overcome the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Blount is certainly grateful for the impact Bill Belichick and the Patriots have had on his career. However, as he says, “the past is the past” and his focus is squarely on defeating the juggernaut that is the Patriots. A mentality he perfected as a member of the Patriots and one that will go a long way in helping his new team defeat the defending champions.