By Laurence Hilliard

Kemper County Messenger

Former East Mississippi Community College star running back LeGarrette Blount played a key role in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He carried 14 times for a game-high 90 yards, including a tackle-breaking 21-yard touchdown run.

It was the second consecutive year that he played for the Super Bowl champion. Ironically, he was with the Patriots a year ago when New England rallied for a 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Blount played two season for East Mississippi, 2006 and 2007, running for 2,292 yards and 18 touchdowns and earning junior college All American honors both years.

Following two years at the University of Oregon, Blount has spent the past eight years in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, New England and Philadelphia. He has 5,888 rushing yards, with a 4.4 average,  and 51 TDs in regular season play and an additional 600 yards and 11 TDs in the postseason. Blount had his best season with the Patriots in 2016, running for 1,161 yards and scoring a league high 18 TDs. He led the Eagles this year with 766 yards.