LeGarrette Blount is in his second stint with the Patriots and looking for his first Super Bowl win. The journeyman may have settled into a spot, but he has a history of off-the-field issues. Despite barely being recruited out of high school, Blount has made a name for himself in the NFL — for good and bad reasons.
In college and the pros, Blount has had issues concerning drugs, getting into fights and leaving games early.
But, his quality of play has been enough to keep him in the league for the past five seasons.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. Blount Was Suspended in College For Punching Players on the Field
In September, 2009, Blount was suspended for the rest of the season — his senior year — for altercations with Boise State players and fans after an Oregon loss. Since he was not dismissed from the team, he was able to attend practices and keep his scholarship. The video of the fight can be seen above.
The altercation started with a taunt from Boise State’s Byron Hout toward Blount. Blount then punched Hout and a teammate that tried to restrain Blount. After that settled down, Blount was involved in an altercation with Boise State fans. He was restrained by security and escorted to the locker room.
According to the Register Guard, Blount knew what he did was wrong.
It was just something that I shouldn’t have done. I lost my head. I shouldn’t have done it. As (the game) went on, it just got more and more frustrating. Me in general, I was kind of upset. I should have just took it to the locker room. I shouldn’t have said anything. I shouldn’t have did anything. I should have just took it to the locker room.
Blount was reinstated for the November 14 game against Arizona State after releasing an apology letter through the Daily Emerald, according to the New York Daily News.
2. Blount Has Played for 4 Teams in 5 Seasons
In 2010, after not being taken in the draft, Blount agreed to a principle contract with the 49ers, but later decided to signed with the Titans instead. In September of that season, he was put on waivers. The following day, the Buccaneers claimed him.
In 2013, he was traded to the Patriots for another player and seventh-round draft pick.
In March, 2013, he signed a two-year contract with the Steelers. On August 20, 2014, Blount and Le’Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession. On November 17, Blount left the game against the Titans early and was later released by the team.
After clearing waivers, he signed a two year contract with the Patriots that is worth the “veteran minimum plus incentives,” according to ESPN.
3. Blount Was Charged With Marijuana Possession in August
Blount, Bell and a female passenger were charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Pittsburgh.
According to Fox Sports, Bell was driving and the officer that pulled them over smelled a strong marijuana odor. Twenty grams of the drug were found, and all three of them claimed ownership.
Bell was taken to the hospital to have a blood test done. The test found the drug in his system and he was charged with a DUI.
The three were arrested and later released. Possession and the DUI are both misdemeanors.
On Friday, Adam Schefter reported that the charges against Blount were dropped after he completed 50 hours of community service.
4. Blount Has 10 Touchdowns in 21 Games With the Pats
In his 21 games with the Patriots, Blount has 10 touchdowns — all of which are rushing. In 72 career games, he has 25 rushing touchdowns, but doesn’t have any receiving.
He has rushed for a total of 3,258 yards and caught for 238. Of 13 career fumbles, he’s lost nine.
5. Blount Has a Son With His Ex-Girlfriend
According to Player Wives, Blount is currently single but has a 7-year-old son, LeGarrette, Jr., with ex-girlfriend Merissa McCullugh.
Blount and McCullugh met in college, and their son was born during Blount’s senior year.
Though the two were reportedly engaged at one point, Blount confirmed in 2013 they had split.