Mel Blount is a former professional football player who was a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount is considered one of the best cornerbacks to have ever played in the NFL.
Blount was a significant reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers were the dominant team of the NFL in the 1970s. A third-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, he had the size, speed, and quickness for the position. Blount became a starter in the Steelers secondary beginning in 1972. In 1972 he did not allow a single touchdown. Blount earned All-Pro in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1981. He also was a four-time All-AFC selection. His fumble recovery in the 1979 AFC Championship Game led to the Steelers' winning touchdown in a 27-13 victory over the Houston Oilers. A season earlier in Super Bowl XIII, Blount's interception ignited a Pittsburgh drive that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown in a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
A five-time Pro Bowler, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 Following his football career, Blount became Director of Player Relations for the NFL, serving in the position from 1983 to 1990. He also became active in charity work and founded the Mel Blount Youth Home.
Mel Blount's legacy goes far beyond his accomplishments on the football field. He is respected not only for his skills as a player but also for his contributions to the community and his commitment to helping others, making him an inspirational figure both in and outside of the NFL.