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Blount honored in hometown

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 1, 2012 – 6:28 pm

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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8 Responses to “Blount honored in hometown”

  1. By gary moon on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    mel was the best cornerback and a great man and is an all time great steeler

  2. By Josh on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    How many players have a rule (unofficially) named after them because they were so dominant that the game had to be changed so that other people had a chance to win? Just one. Mel Blount probably watches football today and sheds a tear, remembering the days when teams were actually allowed to play defense.

  3. By michael hull on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    one great boss also congrats mr mel a friend for life

  4. By Michelle Brower on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mel is one of my all time favorite Steelers,

  5. By JIM LOHMAN on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    ROGER THAT!!!

  6. By alfreddie mitchell on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    that was a great honor for my hometown player.

  7. By Barbara Thomas on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Mel Blount #47!!! This honor is so awesome,you made Lyons,Ga proud. And I’m proud of you my friend.

  8. By dale r schaffner sr. on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    GOD BLESS YOU MEL YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I AM A STEELER FAN AND ALWAYS WILL B A STEELER FAN FOREVER WE HAD THE BEST TEAM ON THE PLANET BAR NONE STEELERS FOREVER

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