Steelers Sign Running Back LeGarrette Blount

March 31, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday signed running back LeGarrette Blount to back up starter Le’Veon Bell.

After three years with Tampa Bay, Blount spent 2013 as a backup for the New England Patriots, and rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns.  He also returned to a role as kickoff returner, and averaged 29.1 yards per return, the longest going for 83 yards.

Blount became best known in his senior year at the University of Oregon as the player who threw a punch at an opponent from Boise State, and spent most of the rest of the year under suspension.  He was not selected in the NFL draft, but was signed by Tennessee.  Cut before the start of the 2010 season, he was picked up by Tampa Bay.  His first season was the best of his three with the Buccaneers, as he rushed for 1,007 yards, becoming only the second undrafted free agent running back to rush for 1,000 in his rookie season in the NFL.

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