NFL: LeGarrette Blount Announces Retirement in Emotional Post

by Matthew Wilson
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The Train has officially made his final stop. Running back LeGarrette Blount stirs the emotions of NFL fans everywhere with a moving denouement to his career.

For much of his time in the League, Blount seemed like an unstoppable force. He would bulldoze his way through the line like they were paper mache. How else do you explain 6,306 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns during his career? Blount was always quick on his feet.

“I just want to inform y’all that I’m officially retiring,” Blount said in a reflective Instagram post. “I have thought long and hard about this decision, and I’ve talked to my closest family members and friends about this. We collectively agreed on this decision. It is in the best interest of me and my family.”

During his career, Blount played for nine seasons and earned himself three Super Bowl rings. He first wowed Oregon Ducks fans during his college days where he posted a 1,000-yard season. He also broke the school record for the number of touchdowns. But he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with everything to prove. Fortunately for Blount, the Tennessee Titans opened the door and gave him a shot.

“I gave everything I had to the game, my teammates, and my coaches,” Blount said. “I want to show my appreciation to the organizations that believed in me enough to give me a real shot. Jeff Fisher and the Titans gave me my 1st chance and I’ll forever be grateful for that.”

LeGarrette Blount Reflects on His Career

Football is a popular sport for many across the country. But there’s always the last game, the last time you take the field. For most, football ends in high school under those Friday night lights. But Blount got to play longer than some and for some of the best teams in the NFL.

The running back thanked some of the teams that helped him go from outsider to superstar. Playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put Blount in a national spotlight. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots earned Blount two Super Bowl rings. The Philadelphia Eagles added a third.

“All in all, I loved being a part of these organizations and the people involved in them. I’m excited to move on to the next phase in my life!” Blount wrote. “Big thanks to my agency, specifically my agent Zeke Sandhu, who stuck with me from the beginning through literally everything. I know it was tough but you always been a big bro to me.”

In his post, Blount didn’t mention the Detroit Lions where he finished his career. He last played for the team and the NFL in 2018.

Blount concluded his post with, “Now everyone can stop asking ‘are you done?'”