LeGarrette Blount is a professional American running back who has learned his trade with many National Football League (NFL) teams. He has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, and others. The football star was born on 5 December 1986 in Madison, Florida, USA, into 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 start of the 2010 NFL season and has since moved from one milestone to another.
LeGarrette Blount at a Glance
Career Beginnings – Journey To The Big League
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 rated as one of the best running back prospects in the country in the 2005 class.
To receive a college scholarship, Blount attended a camp at his dream college – Auburn University, but unfortunately he was neither offered a sports scholarship nor did he qualify academically for the school. With all doors at Auburn University closed, he had no choice but to attend Junior College at the East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi.
There he played two seasons, playing more than 1,000 yards in each season. He collected 367 carries for 2,292 yards and 18 hurried touchdowns. After playing so well with the school’s team, he was ranked number one in Junior College applications by The Clarion-Ledger and received the Junior College All-America award. 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, marking the beginning of his breakthrough!
LeGarrette Blount was highly sought after at several major schools, but in December 2007 he signed up in Oregon, where he played for the Oregon Ducks and performed well throughout the season. Towards the end of the season, however, he missed several training sessions and was therefore suspended from the team indefinitely on February 10, 2008.
During the period of his suspension, Blount paid more attention to his academics and athletic activities and improved his participation in both. In March, he was reinstated by newly appointed head coach Chip Kelly. However, after Blount showed ugly outbursts of anger 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.
Professional Career Highlights and Achievements
Fresh out of college in 2010, he joined the NFL draft but was not drafted. After the draft, he was supposed to agree to a free trade deal with the San Francisco 49ers, but after a meeting with the Tennessee Titans, he decided to sign there instead as an undeveloped free trade agent. He survived several cutbacks during training and was added to the Titans’ 53-man list, but was eventually released later that year. He was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in time for the 2010 season.
On April 27, 2013, Blount was sold to the New England Patriots and played with them for the remainder of the season. On March 28, 2014, he signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which increased his net worth, but due to the problems he continued to have on the field, he was released later that year.
On November 20, 2014, Blount joined the Patriots after signing a two-year contract with the side. He played his first game with the team, which ended with a win against the Detroit Lions. On 14 December 2014, he scored his third touchdown with the team against the Miami Dolphins. He played 30 Carries for 148 stormy yards and three touchdowns during the AFC Championship Game, and also brought his A-game in the Patriots’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLIX.
The following year, in 2015, LeGarrette Blount was again suspended for drug abuse but was later allowed to play in several games before suffering a left hip injury. On April 12, 2016, he received another one-year contract with the Patriots and finished the season with 1,161 rushing yards, the eighth highest in the league. He was also instrumental in the Patriots’ victory at the Super Bowl LI which was the biggest comeback in the history of the Super Bowl.
Blount was ranked 80th on the list of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, and that same year he joined the Philadelphia Eagles under a one-year contract. With the team, he earned his second touchdown in his career. He then ended the season with a record of 766 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
His next career stop was with the Detroit Lions after signing a one-year contract with the franchise on March 16, 2018. He finished the season with 418 fast yards and 5 fast touchdowns.
Since January 2020, Blount has been a free player, holding a record as one of the five players to have won the Super Bowl with different teams in a row.
How LeGarrette Blount Built His Net Worth
Blount built his fortune through the juicy contracts he signed during his career in the NFL, but the details of the contracts he got, in the beginning, were not made public. However, his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 was worth $1.25 million with a $400,000 guarantee. His next contract with the Detroit Lions earned him $4.5 million, with a $1 million signing bonus and $2.5 million in incentives.
With his career earnings and other efforts, LeGarrette Blount’s most recent estimated net worth is approximately $7 million.