In one season, LeGarrette Bount worked his way into the hearts of Philadelphia Eagles fans for all time.
When you think about a very special season for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 that concluded with the “Birds” hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February of 2018, quite a few names come to mind: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, and LeGarrette Blount.
Philly added Blount on May 17th of 2017 after he carried the ball 334 times during the 2016-2017 campaign for the New England Patriots. For any normal human being, that would be the final nail in the coffin for a man that had played the game’s most punishing position for seven seasons, so you can understand why there was some hesitancy by some of the Eagles fan base and the Philly media when Blount was added.
The theory was the big man could help out in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Then, he got zero work versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Fortunately, the Eagles coaches realized the error in that one as they’d find ways to integrate him into the offense for the remainder of the season. He’d go on to tote the rock 173 yards for 766 yards in the regular season, but his best work came in the playoffs.
There, he notched 29 carries for 130 yards, and he reached the end zone in all three of their playoff games. The Eagles’ running game wouldn’t have worked in 2017 without Blount. They may not have won the Super Bowl without him. Somewhere, there’s an old man telling a few young Eagles fans about two magical runs Blount had on football’s biggest stage. Someday, we’ll all be old, and maybe we’ll be doing the same thing with some kids around the neighborhood.