Football fans have one less talented running back to watch fly down the field and score legendary touchdowns. NFL running back LeGarrette Blount announced today that he is officially retiring. Nicknamed “The Train” for his ability to chug along the field with seemingly unbeatable power and force, Blount is ending his journey and Tom Brady has something to say about it.
Blount Announces Retirement, Brady Reacts
Blount has not been on the field since 2018. He was formerly playing with the Detroit Lions. He thanked five of the six teams he played for, leaving out the Lions.
Blount wrote on Instagram that this decision came after extensive thinking and discussion with his family. He was excited to say, “Now everyone can stop asking ‘are you done?'”
While some might be sad to see the player go, they respect his choice. Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, expressed his excitement for the now-retired player on his Instagram post.
“So proud of you and everything you accomplished champ it was my pleasure always to be there for you and loved sharing the huddle with you,” wrote Brady.
A Powerful Patriots Duo
The two played together for the New England Patriots. The two were quite the power duo and teamed up on several successful seasons for the Patriots. Blount won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots as well as one with the Eagles.
According to Pro Football Reference, he scored 56 touchdowns and rushed a total of 6,306 yards during his career.
Blount and Brady have always been supportive of each other. Even though Blount won with the Eagles against Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl LII, there were no hard feelings.
In fact, in an NFL video regarding Brady leaving the Patriots, Blount calls Brady his “brother for life.” Blount said that with Brady on their team, the Bucs’ entire organization could be turned around with “the best quarterback to play the game.”
And when it comes to that debate over who had more impact on the Patriots, Tom Brady or Bill Belichick, he sided with his friend Brady. He stated that the overall reasoning was that “Brady was the one throwing the football.”
Even more than that he said, “I don’t think there’s anyone better than him. He can throw the ball, he can make any kind of throw, his charisma, his attitude, his everything, that kind of plays a role in how he can become the best quarterback ever because everybody rallies around him,” according to Sportscasting.
The chemistry was real between the two on the field, but it seems the respect lives just as strong off it as well.