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Encyclopedia > Mel Blount
Mel Blount
Date of birth April 10, 1948 (1948-04-10) (age 59)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Vidalia, Georgia
Position(s) Defensive back
College Southern University
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982
Awards 1976 Pro Bowl MVP
1975 AP Defensive P.O.Y.
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time
Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
Stats
Statistics
Teams
1970-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1989

Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia) was a five-time All Pro-Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is considered one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play in the NFL. His physical style of play made him one of the most feared defensive backs in the game at a time when the pass interference rule had not been entirely implemented. is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Vidalia is a city located primarily in Toombs County, Georgia. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... For other Southern University campuses, see Southern University System. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1976 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 26, 1976 at Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The 1977 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 17, 1977 at Kingdome in Seattle, Washington. ... The 1979 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 29, 1979 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1980 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 27, 1980 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 1982 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on January 31, 1982 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... See also: 1988 in sports, other events of 1989, 1990 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi Formula One Championship - Alain... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vidalia is a city located primarily in Toombs County, Georgia. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ...

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Early life

The early years of his life were spent growing up in poverty on a Georgia farm. But by college, Mel had been a star in baseball, football, basketball, and track. Upon graduation, he was offered a scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While there, he was a Pro-Scouts All-American pick as both safety and cornerback. This article is about the sport. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article is about the sport. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... For other Southern University campuses, see Southern University System. ... Nickname: Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Location of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Government  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area  - City  79. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... In American football and Canadian football, the termsafety can refer to: two positions in the most-common defensive backfield setup, the strong safety and the free safety, or a type of score, worth one or two points. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Professional career

Blount was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft. He played for 14 years in Pittsburgh (1970-1983), closing out his career with victories in Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, and Super Bowl XIV. In Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl XIII, Blount recorded key interceptions that were crucial to his team's victory. Mel Blount is also remembered for the "MelBlount" rule (a form of defensive pass interference.) The 1970 NFL Draft was held on January 27-28, 1970 // [edit] Round One [edit] Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, QB, Louisiana Tech - taken 1st round, 1st overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Date January 12, 1975 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Franco Harris, Running back Favorite Steelers by 3 National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Bernie Ulman Halftime show Tribute to Duke Ellington with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University Band Attendance 80,997... Date January 18, 1976 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Lynn Swann, Wide Receiver Favorite Steelers by 6 National anthem Tom Sullivan Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show Up with People presents 200 Years and Just a Baby: Tribute to Americas Bicentennial Attendance 80... Date January 21, 1979 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback Favorite Steelers by 3 1/2 National anthem The Colgate Thirteen Coin toss George Halas Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show Bob Jani Productions present Carnival Salute to Caribbean with various Caribbean bands Attendance 79,484... Date January 20, 1980 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback Favorite Steelers by 10 1/2 National anthem Cheryl Ladd Coin toss Art Rooney Referee Fred Silva Halftime show Up with People presents A Salute to the Big Band Era Attendance 103,985[1] TV...


Blount made the pro bowl five times during his career(1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981), and was the pro bowl MVP in 1977. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1975. He was also a 4 time All-Pro selection. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ...


Blount finished his 14 seasons with 57 interceptions, which he returned for 736 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded 13 fumble recoveries, returning them 105 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, he returned one punt for 52 yards and gained 911 yards on 36 kickoff returns.


After playing

After his career, Mel became the Director of Player Relations for the NFL serving from 1983 to 1990. He also became very active in charity works. He founded the Mel Blount Youth Home, a shelter and Christian mission for victims of child abuse and neglect, in his hometown of Vidalia in 1983. In 1989, he opened a second youth home in Claysville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Claysville is a borough located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. ...


Honors

In 1989, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1994, he was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary All-Time team. In 1999, he was ranked number 36 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Located in Macon, Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the country’s largest state sports museum at 43,000 square feet. ... This article is about the year. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


External links

  • Mel Blount Youth Home
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
  • 75th Anniversary All-Time Team: NFL.com
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

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Mel Blount - Winning Attitude | NEWS | NFLPLAYERS.COM (1263 words)
Blount also served as the Director of Player Relations for the NFL from 1983 to 1990, though he had trouble living in New York.
Blount cited Aaron Nestor, a former student who enlisted in the army and fought in both Afghanistan and Iraq, who came back to speak at the youth home's annual fundraising dinner.
Blount, who continues his mission of helping youth, couldn't be prouder of his impact on the lives of so many.
ESPN Classic - Mel Blount had the "Steel Curtain" covered (179 words)
Mel Blount was considered the prototypical cornerback of his era.
Blount, an All-American in 1969 at Southern University, was a third-round pick of the Steelers in the 1970 draft.
Blount was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 1976 and went on to five Pro Bowls in his last nine years.
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