Steelers’ legend Mel Blount was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday as one of their “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a program done in conjunction with Allstate Insurance honoring Hall of Famers in the place where they got their start.
Blount received a plaque in his honor at Toombs County High School, as his school Lyons Industrial High School has since closed, as well as a commemorative road sign in his honor in Lyons, Georgia.
“This is special because it’s where I started,” said Blount, who played cornerback for the Steelers from 1970-83, winning four Super Bowl rings during that time. “My family, the community that supported me throughout my childhood is here. I am so honored. This is one of the greatest honors that’s been bestowed upon me.”
Blount was hailed at the assembly at the school not just for his on-field talents but also his work in the community which includes his tireless efforts at the Mel Blount Youth Home outside of Pittsburgh. As he spoke to the students he shared with them not just stories of his time playing football, but also the importance of being a part of the community and letting them know hard work and dedication pay off.
“It’s great that the Hall of Fame and Allstate have joined together to create this program because it goes back into your community,” said Blount.
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