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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Mel Blount had the "Steel Curtain" covered


Mel Blount was considered the prototypical cornerback of his era. He had speed, size, strength and intelligence. Blount, an All-American in 1969 at Southern University, was a third-round pick of the Steelers in the 1970 draft. He made his start with as a return specialist, but soon claimed the right cornerback position. Blount's break-out year came in 1975 when he set a Steeler record with a league-leading 11 interceptions. He was also named the NFL's most valuable defensive player that season. Blount was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 1976 and went on to five Pro Bowls in his last nine years. As a cornerback, Blount excelled at the bump-and-run, but was equally adept in zone coverage. In addition to his strength and quickness, Blount was extremely durable. Out of his 200-game pro career with the Steelers, he missed only one game due to an injury. Blount was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.





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