The NFL Network is currently airing a replay of Super Bowl XIII in which the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 and it got me thinking back to the days when defensive backs were allowed to be physical with the wide receivers.
Steelers Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount was perhaps the most physical cornerback in the game during the 70′ and early 80’s and his style of play ultimately forced the rules to be changed when it came to defensive players being able to contact receivers after the snap of the football.
In honor of Blount, I thought I would post a few gifs of him on this Throwback Thursday.
Blount was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and also named a first-team All-Pro four times. He was a part of four Super Bowl winning teams in Pittsburgh. During his career, Blount recorded 57 regular-season interceptions and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 after playing 14 seasons with the Steelers.