LeGarrette Blount is a professional American running back who has plied his trade with many teams in the National Football League (NFL). He has played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and more. The football star was born into the family of Gary and Barbara Blount on December 5, 1986, in Madison, Florida USA.
Blount’s journey to the NFL started in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans. Subsequently, in the same year, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the beginning of the 2010 NFL season and has gone from one milestone to another since then.
Career Beginnings – Journey To The Big League
Despite the effort, he put in while playing for his high school team, LeGarrette Blount was appraised as just a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com and consequently, was not graded as one of the best running back prospects in the country in the 2005 Class.
In a bid to attract college scholarship, Blount attended camp at his dream college – Auburn University but, unfortunately, he was neither offered an athletic scholarship nor did he qualify for the school academically. With all doors to Auburn University shut, he was left with no choice but to head to junior college at East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, Mississippi.
There, he played for two seasons, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in each season. He accumulated 367 carries for 2,292 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Having played so well with the school’s team, he became the number one junior college prospect following the rating of The Clarion-Ledger and was given Junior College All-America honours. By the time he was done with his sophomore year, Rivals.com ‘discovered’ its previous misjudgment and placed the football star as number 12 overall prospect in the Junior College Top 100. This was the beginning of his breakthrough!
LeGarrette Blount became highly sought after by various major schools but in December 2007, he committed to Oregon, playing for the Oregon Ducks and performing well throughout the season. However, he missed several workouts near the season’s end and as a result, earned himself an indefinite suspension from the team on February 10, 2008.
Within the period of his suspension, Blount paid more attention to his academics and athletic pursuit, improving his attendance in both aspects. By March, he was reinstated by newly appointed head coach, Chip Kelly. However, following an ugly display of anger by Blount during a game with Boise State players, he was suspended for the rest of the 2009 season. Subsequently, he published an apology letter through the Oregon Daily Emerald and was eventually restored. In his last season, the team earned a berth at the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Professional Career Highlights and Achievements
Fresh out of college in 2010, he joined the NFL Draft but was undrafted. Following the draft, he was set to agree to a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers but after meeting with the Tennessee Titans, he decided to sign there as an undrafted free agent instead. He survived several roster cuts during training and was placed on the Titans’ 53-man roster, but was eventually waived later in the year. He was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in time for the 2010 season.
On April 27, 2013, Blount was traded to the New England Patriots and played with them for the remaining part of the season. On March 28, 2014, he signed a contract of two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers which boosted his net worth, but due to the issues he kept on having in the field, he was released later in the year.
On November 20, 2014, Blount moved on to the Patriots following a two-year deal he signed with the side. He played his first game with the team which ended in victory 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 rushing yards and three touchdowns and also brought his A-game during the Patriots’ win against Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX.
The next year, 2015, LeGarrette Blount was again suspended for substance abuse but was later allowed to play in several games before sustaining a left hip injury. On April 12, 2016, he was given another one-year deal with the Patriots and he finished the season with 1,161 rushing yards, the eighth-highest in the league. He was also instrumental to the Patriots’ win at Super Bowl LI, which was the biggest comeback in the history of Super Bowl.
Blount was ranked 80th on the list of NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 and the same year, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in a one-year deal. With the team, he earned his second receiving touchdown in his career. He subsequently finished the season with a record of 766 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
His next career stint was spent with the Detroit Lions after signing a one-year contract with the franchise on March 16, 2018. He finished the season with 418 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.
As of January 2020, Blount is a free agent who holds a record as one of the five players who has clinched back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams.
How LeGarrette Blount Built His Net Worth
Blount apparently built his net worth through the juicy contracts he signed over the course of his career in the NFL but the details of the deals he got at the beginning part were not published. However, his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 was worth $1.25 million with $400,000 guaranteed. His next contract with the Detroit Lions earned him $4.5 with a $1 million signing bonus and $2.5 million in incentives.
With his career earnings and other endeavours, LeGarrette Blount’s last estimated net worth is around $7 million.