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January 6, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
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Blount's Kindness Landed Him With Bucs

Written by Wolf
Heard
Wolf Heard

Wolf
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It wasn’t his ferocious, hard-nosed running style. It wasn’t his knack for breaking off a big run. It wasn’t even his highlight reel hurdling ability that got running back LeGarrette Blount a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the end, it was Blount’s kindness to others that landed him in Tampa Bay.

Today during ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik shared a story about Blount when he came to Tampa Bay for a pre-draft meeting.

“We did a lot of work on Blount at the Senior Bowl. We brought him in on a pre-draft visit. He was wearing a suit. Only player to go in the back of the dining area and thank all the staff back there. That resonated with me.”

Dominik had his chances to draft Blount or even get him sign him as an undrafted free agent, but he did not. Instead the Tennesee Titans took a chance on Blount, but released him near the end of the pre-season.

Give Dominik credit for not passing over Blount again. The Titans wanted to sign Blount to their practice squad, but the Bucs were the only team to put a waiver claim in for the 6-foot, 248-pounder and Dominik signed Blount to a two-year deal just before the season started.

After taking a few weeks to learn the playbook, Blount finally saw his first NFL action against the Pittsburgh Steelers and rushed for 27 yards and one touchdown in that game. In the second half of the season, Blount took over the starting position for Cadillac Williams and ended the season with 201 carries for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. He is only the second rookie undrafted running back in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards.

For his efforts in the final month of the season, Blount was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Month.

His politeness to the Bucs’ kitchen staff has given him a real bright future in Tampa Bay.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TClRXTk4Yio
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    Wheew! I have been thinking we only gave him a one year deal! I'll sleep a little better tonite knowing it is a two year and we have 2011 to wrap him up ... after we see just a little more.
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    This guy is beast, look out Adrian Peterson! He got the hunger of a lion that has'nt ate in days. He's Grrrrrrrrrrreat. can't wait til 2011 season
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    I really felt that he was treated badly at Oregon. Sure, what he did was wrong but they over reacted so much that it almost destroyed his career. The fact that it was on a national stage and brought a lot of notoriety probably added to their penalizing him so heavily. I was very glad when the team decided to get him.
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    The Bucs may want to re-think that 2 year deal they signed and get a relatively cheap multi-year extension done now, as after next season, he'll command some big bucks!
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    I LIKED BLOUNT FROM THE FIRST TIME THAT I SAW HIM PLAY AT OREGON. MIKE ALSTOTT IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BUC, YOU KNOW, HIS STYLE OF RUNNING AND THE THE SHEER STRENGTH HE DISPLAYED ALONG WITH THE KINDNESS ON THE INSIDE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS WRONG THAT BLOUNT POPPED THAT GUY FROM BOISE STATE I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THAT DUDE DESERVED THE "POP IN THE CHOPS". THAT BEING SAID, I WAS THRILLED THAT THE BUCS GAVE BLOUNT A CHANCE AND IT PAID OFF, UP UNTIL NOW. JUST HOPE THAT HE KEEPS HIS NOSE CLEAN AND CONTINUES TO DO WELL FOR HIMSELF AND THE BUCCANEER FANS AND ORGANIZATION. THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THE BUCS NOW---JUST KEEP IT GOING !!!!!!
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    And he can SING! He WAS the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Ray Jay the day after Christmas! Seriously folks, what a great addition to our team. He has got a great future here and Buccaneer fans are very, very, fortunate to have him. Another, YET another reason Mark Dominik should be seriously considered for GM of the year.
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    This is what I think of the present coaching staff. This is an A+plus organization.THe GM and Morris is on the same wave length. bThis is why that Tampa Is going to be in the playoffs because of what happen this past year.Go Bucs
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    My family and a group of Bucs fans 8 of us total came from Virgina Beach to see the Lions game, while the ending of the game was less than what we had hoped for, we took up a spot to get autographs, alot of players walk by with head phones on and pretend your not there (which is ok that is not really the time or place) but with that said many will stop, Caddy did (although only after one of the girls traded her just bought girl scout cookies to his youngest son to drag him over, Larson and few others did also, then here comes the big guy Blount with his wife and very small son, its freezing cold and wet, he stands ther and takes pictures and signs autographs for an HOUR, until EVERY single one was signed, his wife motioning folks to him for pictures etc.. got to have a long tlak with the guy, whetever his problems were, he is a solid guy to me, ten minutes later we run into Morris leaving the stadium and get pictures and autographs with him (my new face book picture) this team is going to keep us excited and winning for a LONG time!!!
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    A+ for Dominik and Morris. Keep bringing in BIG players. Replace the undersize players. I am looking forward to seeing Carter in the line up. Go Bucs..
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    I'm glad we gave him a chance to show people that one action does not define a person.
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    Did you see him smiling and laughing it up with Free and others on the sideline? I have to admit I was wrong about him. This was definitely a good story to put out about him.
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    I was wrong about Blount and I am glad he is on our team. Go Bucs! Playoffs in 2011!
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    So, he's the Anti-Moss.
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    This goes to show that we didn't sign a punk. He's a good guy and will have a great future with this team. We needed a powerful productive running game, and he gave it to us. His Oregon days are long forgotten.
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    That's right. Treat everyone with dignity no matter their status or yours. Good for all concerned. I'm happy this worked out for Blount and for us.
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