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Kickin' back | LeGarrette Blount

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back LeGarrette Blount

This is kind of random: Who do you go to the most for advice or to confide in?

The person I talk to the most, probably, is my sister. I tell my older sister everything. She knows everything. That's who I go to for advice or if I need anything or if I need to get anything off my chest. That's the person I go to.

And is she usually pretty honest in return, whether good or bad?

Oh, yeah. She's going to tell the truth, whether it's good or bad. (If you don't want it), then you don't need to ask her.

I hear you haven't yet upgraded your car since you signed with the Bucs. True?

I drive a Dodge Avenger. It's like a little fake Dodge Charger. But I will (upgrade) soon.

It doesn't seem like that's a big deal to you.

No, not at all. If it drives, I'll drive it. The Avenger has some scratches and dents and stuff, but that bad boy still drives like a brand new car. So, I'm going to keep on driving it until it lets me down.

Aren't you from Madison County, in the Panhandle?

I'm not from Madison. That's just where my mom gave birth to me. I'm from Perry. … I don't claim Madison because that's where Geno (Hayes) is from. They're our rivals. We didn't like them, and they didn't like us. So, I don't represent Madison County. That's Geno Hayes all the way. I have to make that clear. Geno knows we used to dominate them (in football). Okay, I'm lying.

Perry is a pretty small town, too, isn't it?

A very small town. I couldn't tell you how many people live there (6,700), but it's the smallest town I've ever been to. And I've been a lot of places through playing football. … But even with them being a small town, this might be the first year we go undefeated since my dad was in high school. Madison took us off the schedule because they didn't want to play us. But seriously, I love Perry. Just being raised there, a lot of my friends and everybody I grew up with are still there. It's good when you come from a small town because there's just one high school, so whoever you go to school with, you're going to finish school with them.

So, what do you do for fun in Perry?

What we did for fun was go to the skating rink. It was this little, bitty skating rink where you can't even use rollerblades. They have those (skates) with the two wheels in the front and two wheels in the back. Those are from back when my parents were skating. … Then, we have a movie theater.

How many screens are there in the theater?

Three. Three little screens. There's about 12 seats in every theater. And a lot of people go to Tallahassee (for fun). Tallahassee is like 40 minutes away, so you can go there and do a lot of stuff. … I had fun growing up (in Perry).

I know Geno grew up doing a lot of outdoors stuff in the area. What about you?

Me and my dad and my cousins, we would go crabbing and fishing. We did a lot of that stuff. I don't think Geno is the best fisherman, though. I'm going to have to take him out and see what he can do with those fishing rods. Oh, and we'd go to the little recreation center and play pickup football. The guy who owned the place let us borrow the little shoulder pads and stuff back when we were little. But there wasn't a whole lot to do like go to bowling alleys or things like that because Perry wasn't big enough to have any of that.

Okay, here's our weekly question: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?

I would say Speeding by Omarion.

Other weekly question: What website do you visit the most?

NikeElite.com.

Are you a big sneaker guy?

Yes, I love (Air) Jordans. That's the only reason I go on there — to get Jordans. I think I'm going to go on there and get a whole bunch of people Christmas gifts because it's not going to come out of my pocket. I get that stuff for free. So, I'm definitely doing some Christmas shopping.

.Biography

LeGarrette Blount

Position: Running back

Height, weight: 6-0, 247 pounds

Age: 23

Hometown: Perry

College: Oregon; had 1,002 yards with 17 touchdowns as a junior ; senior season cut short by a suspension for a postgame punch.

Pro: Signed as a college free agent with the Titans before being waived in September; claimed off waivers by the Bucs; rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns last week.

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back LeGarrette Blount 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 4:15pm]
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