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LeGarrette Blount Earned Nearly $175,000 per Touchdown and Saved Tom Brady’s Career

LeGarrette Blount wasn’t the first undrafted player to help Tom Brady’s career, and he certainly wasn’t the last.

A bruising running back who went undrafted out of Oregon for character issues, Blount turned into a prolific scoring machine in the NFL. Whether he lined up alongside Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay or Carson Wentz with the Eagles, Blount scored at will.

However, football fans may best remember Blount for the years he spent with Brady and the New England Patriots.

LeGarrette Blount was a touchdown machine

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LeGarrette Blount went undrafted out of Oregon in large part because he famously punched an opposing player early in the 2009 season.

It is tough being blunt on Blount, but fate works in mysterious ways. Going undrafted in 2010 allowed Blount to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a preseason stint in Tennessee.

Blount rushed for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns on an even five yards per carry as a rookie. The next year, Blount totaled 781 yards and five touchdowns on 4.2 yards per attempt.

Outside of an 18-touchdown season with the New England Patriots in 2016, what LeGarrette Blount did in his first two seasons truly set the framework for what was to come.

Blount would typically run for over 700 yards on over four yards per carry and anywhere from five to seven touchdowns each season.

Blount helped rescue Tom Brady’s career

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LeGarrette Blount proved instrumental in helping Tom Brady and the New England Patriots bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Foxborough, Mass.

In four seasons and two stints with the Patriots from 2013-16, Blount picked up 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry. Blount added another eight touchdowns in eight playoff games with the Patriots.

More than anything, Blount proved to be a needed goal-line threat. Brady already had a dangerous red zone weapon in tight end Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots needed a running back who could barrel his way through at the line of scrimmage.

Blount excelled in that role, and he accepted the Patriots’ ‘Do Your Job’ mantra in the process. New England won two Super Bowls with Blount in the backfield.

Blount won a third Super Bowl in February 2018 when Nick Foles and the Eagles defeated Brady in the Big Game.

LeGarrette Blount just called it quits

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LeGarrette Blount closed his career with a dismal season for the Detroit Lions in 2018. 

We can officially call Blount’s career over, as he announced on Instagram that he has retired. Blount thanked four of the five teams he played for — he left the Lions out — in a lengthy essay that accompanied a video of his highlights.

Blount had a message for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and the entire Patriots franchise.

“Bill and RK, I can’t thank y’all enough! New England, I love you! PatsNation, I love you! 2 Super Bowl rings and a chance to play with the coldest QB to ever play the game in TB! I made the best of friends, a lot turned into family, and many doors were opened for me. Thank y’all so much!!”

According to Spotrac, Blount earned roughly $9.8 million in the NFL. Blount also ran for 56 touchdowns in his career, meaning he earned nearly $175,000 per rushing touchdown. 

Officially, Blount earned $174,962, but who’s counting? Good luck to Blount in retirement.

All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.