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Blount receives high praise from Aaron Rodgers



Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount received his share of praise – and highlight time - from his spectacular 54-yard touchdown run Sunday against the Packers, one in which he broke at least six tackles.

But Blount’s biggest compliment may have came in a post-game embrace with Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers. Blount told Rodgers he should win the league MVP. Rodgers more than returned the favor.

“He told me he thinks I’m one of the best backs in the league,” Blount said Monday. “He told me I have a chance to be one of the greatest backs in this league and he said he doesn’t just say that to anybody. He feels like me and one other guy have the potentinal to stand out and be two of the best running backs to ever play the game…
“Coming from Aaron Rodgers, it makes me feel amazing.”

Blount had several dazzling runs in a 1,007-yard rookie season a year ago, stunning would-be tacklers by hurdling them with his 6-foot-, 247 frame. On Sunday’s score, Blount made the Packers miss, or ran through them, before scampering into the end zone. He didn’t watch the replay Sunday night, planning to see it for the first time in a Monday film session.

“All I heard was that like I broke 4-5 tackles,” said Blount, who picked up his second 100-yard game of the season., “I didn’t feel a whole bunch of people on me, I just felt two people had a legit chance to tackle me.”

After Blount got into the end zone, it appeared like he was going to dare to make the legendary “Lambeau Leap” into the stands. But instead he faked it, and tossed the ball instead.

Blount said Monday he knew he wasn’t going to try it, acknowledging what might have happened had he put himself on Packers’ fans laps.

“I would have come back out, but probably wouldn’t have come back out the way I did,” Blount said. “I’d probably have all kind of beer and everything spilled on me.”


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