Mel Blount is a retired professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He held a cornerback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970 to 1983. Blount is a four-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler, and 1976 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player.
Born on April 10, 1948 in Georgia, he played baseball, track, basketball, and football for Lyons High School. He attended Southern University where he played as a cornerback and safety. In the 1970 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round.
During his rookie season, he was a cornerback starter and he didn’t allow a single touchdown. In 1975, he was the league leader in interceptions and was named the NFL Most Valuable Defensive Player. In 1978, he led the team in a go-ahead touchdown which gave them victory in Super Bowl XIII.
The Steelers was able to score the winning touchdown in the 1979 AFC Championship because of his fumble recovery. The “Mel Blount Rule”- a league rule on pass coverage named after him - states that harassment of a receiver is illegal. He retired on 1983 and went on to become the NFL’s Director of Player Relations from 1983 to 1990.
Mel Blount is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. His player career statistics are 57 interceptions, 736 interception yards, and 2 touchdowns.
• 4-time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)• 5-time Pro Bowl (1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981)• Pro Bowl MVP (1976)• 2-time First-team All-Pro (1975, 1981)• 4-time Second-team All-Pro (1976–1979)• NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1975)• AFC Defensive Player of the Year (1975)• NFL interceptions leader (1975)• NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team• NFL 1980s All-Decade Team• Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame