It’s pretty easy for a great player to become somewhat underrated with a franchise that’s experienced a high level of success and has been fortunate to claim numerous Hall of Famers.
That’s often the case with Mel Blount, who retired on March 15th, 1984. Blount’s career accomplishments rank him up there with the best cornerbacks in history, but he doesn’t always get the love that “Mean” Joe Greene or Jack Ham receive as players discussed from the Steelers famous “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970’s. Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann and Franco Harris are often also brought up ahead of Blount as far the dynasty as a whole.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 15, 2021
Blount spent his entire career that began in 1970 with the Steelers. He was selected to 5 Pro Bowls, named a first-team All-Pro twice, a second-team All-Pro 4 times, was the 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a 4-time Super Bowl champion.
On the anniversary of his retirement, take a moment to remember and appreciate the contributions that Mel Blount made to the Steelers.