The Pittsburgh Steelers celebrated Alumni Weekend in Week 7, honoring the first 15 seasons at Heinz Field from 2001 to 2015. At halftime of the Patriots game, the Steelers introduced tens of players who played integral parts in the latest chapter of Pittsburgh’s franchise history.
Steelers alumni running back LeGarrette Blount’s time with Pittsburgh ended unceremoniously. Pittsburgh released the veteran running back in Nov. 2014, less than 24 hours after he left the field before the end of Pittsburgh’s Week 11 victory against the Tennessee Titans.
Two years later, Blount is amidst a career year with New England, putting on his best show for all of Pittsburgh to see on Sunday.
The 7th-year power back pounded the Steelers’ defense all afternoon and well into the early evening, amassing 127 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns while adding 1 catch and 7 yards.
Blount burst through the Steelers’ defensive line for an easy touchdown in the beginning of the second quarter, giving the power back 7 touchdowns through 7 weeks, setting a new career-high for scores in a season. He scored again in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory with an easy scamper to the left side of the end zone.
The two scores matched Blount’s total trips to the end zone in his 11 games with the Steelers in 2014. Alumni weekend, indeed.
Blount’s performance was his third 100-yard game of the year. He entered the contest 7th in the NFL in rushing yards and second in the league in rushing touchdowns.