Three-time Super Bowl winner LeGarrette Blount retires from NFL


Veteran NFL running back LeGarrette Blount is calling it a career after nine seasons in the NFL.

The 34-year-old free agent took to social media to announce his retirement on Friday.

"It's been fun and fulfilling!" Blount said on Instagram.

"I gave everything I had to the game, my teammates, and my coaches," he continued. "I want to show my appreciation to the organizations that believed in me enough to give me a real shot."

He then listed a handful of influential figures in his career, including Raheem Morris of the Bucs; Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft of the Patriots; Steelers owner Art Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin; and Doug Pederson, Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman of the Eagles.

Blount won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, and one with the Eagles.

The bruising back enjoyed his most productive season with New England in 2016, when he ran for 1,161 yards and a league-leading 18 rushing scores. His only other 1,000-yard campaign came as a rookie with Tampa Bay, in 2010.

Blount arrived in the NFL with concerns about his behavior at Oregon, including a high-profile incident in which he slugged an opposing player on Boise State in the team's season-opener in 2009. He was suspended for the remainder of the season as a result.

The incident, as well as lesser ones involving minor suspensions over missed practices, conspired to see him going undrafted. He established himself with the Bucs, though, an opportunity for which he thanked his former coach Morris, now the interim coach of the Falcons.

Blount had two stints in New England, both relatively successful, sandwiched around an ill-fated 11-game run with the Steelers in 2014.

He won the Super Bowl with the Pats in 2014 after they signed him upon his release by Pittsburgh, and was the team's lead back in his aforementioned standout 2016 campaign, which ended with the famous comeback win over the Falcons in the Super Bowl.

The Florida native joined the Eagles the following year, winning the Super Bowl against his former team in the process.

Blount last played with the Detroit Lions in 2018.

He finishes his career with 56 rushing touchdowns and 6,306 yards on the ground in 1,495 carries, good for an average of 4.2 yards per attempt.