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Richard Sherman, LeGarrette Blount go at it on Twitter over league’s best CB

Richard-Sherman-interviewRichard Sherman will not be satisfied until every human being on earth thinks he is the best cornerback in the NFL. That determination is what makes him an All-Pro, but unfortunately he is never going to get his way. There will always be people like former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount who have their own opinion.

Earlier this week, Blount congratulated Aqib Talib on signing a monster contract with the Denver Broncos. In doing so, Blount tweeted that Talib deserved ever penny because he is the best defensive back in the league. Of course, Sherman couldn’t let that go. The debate took off from there.

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LeGarrette Blount knocks out Peyton Manning in hilarious GIF

LeGarrette-Blount-punches-out-Peyton-ManningNew England Patriots running LeGarrette Blount has been a major story heading into the AFC Championship, as the power runner rushed for 166 yards and a whopping four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. He also carved up the Buffalo Bills for 189 yards and two scores in Week 17.

Those were breakout performances for Blount, but many of you already knew all about him from that infamous incident where the former Oregon back punched Boise State’s Byron Hout after a game in college. Earlier this week, the incomparable LSU Freek turned that footage into a GIF of Blount knocking out Peyton Manning.

As usual, Freek nailed it. The faces he used for Manning before and after he got punched were priceless. Since this is the same guy who brought us the incredible Andy Reid Kool-Aid man GIF and that Charlie Strong “Blazing Saddles” GIF, we’re not surprised he’s done it again. Freek produces pure gold.

H/T Unathletic via SI Hot Clicks

Referee Garth DeFelice goes toe-to-toe with LeGarrette Blount (GIF)

Garth-DeFelice-LeGarrette-BlountLeGarrette Blount scored four — that’s right, four — touchdowns in the New England Patriots’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. The former Oregon star has rushed for 355 yards and six touchdowns in his past two games and has been virtually unstoppable. Despite that, he was no match for referee Garth DeFelice.

Tempers began to flare in the fourth quarter with the Patriots up 21 points, but DeFelice was not about to let the game get out of hand. When a minor scuffle broke out, DeFelice got right in the 250-pound Blount’s face and cleared him away from the pack.

Patriots fans should be thanking DeFelice. The last thing New England needs is to be without Blount in the AFC Championship Game next week, and we know he has a history of not being able to control his temper. DeFelice was doing everyone a favor.

GIF via Yahoo! Sports
H/T Alex Kennedy

LeGarrette Blount: I asked Ray Lewis for permission to do his dance

LeGarrette Blount Ray Lewis danceNew England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount busted out the Ray Lewis dance after scoring a touchdown during his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Most Ravens fans took it as a sign of disrespect, and you can understand why. However, Blount insists he got permission from Lewis.

“There was excitement, you know what I’m saying?” Blount told reporters after the game, via CBS Boston. “The last one, Ray Lewis, no disrespect. Respect. I love him. I’ve talked to him a few times, and I asked if I could do that before I did it.”

That may sound hard to believe, but Blount claims Lewis gave him his blessing.

“Out of respect for him … I talked to him one of the last times I played him, and I had his phone number still from doing a couple of appearances with him, so I asked him a while ago,” Blount added.

Perhaps Lewis thought Blount was joking, because I can’t imagine he would ever give a player permission to do his trademark dance in front of the fans that worshipped him for 17 seasons. And Blount isn’t even the first player to do it this year. If nothing else, I’m sure Blount was with another team when he had that discussion with Lewis. I bet the conversation would have been much different if he asked Lewis as a member of the Patriots.

LeGarrette Blount did the Ray Lewis dance after scoring TD (GIF)

LeGarrette Blount Ray Lewis danceLeGarrette Blount really rubbed it in on the Baltimore Ravens during the New England Patriots’ beatdown of their AFC rival in Baltimore Sunday.

After scoring a touchdown late in the team’s blowout win, Blount mocked Ray Lewis’ famous squirrel dance. His rendition of it was hilarious.

Blount had two touchdowns and 76 yards on 18 carries in the win. I think he overdid it with the spirit fingers, but that was still solid as heck. Maybe the point was to overexaggerate for effect. Whatever the case, he definitely did it better than Emmanuel Sanders did a few weeks ago. Love it.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber

LeGarrette Blount not a great fantasy pickup despite Vereen injury

LeGarrette BlountLeGarrette Blount was one of the hot names being thrown around in fantasy football discussions as soon as it was announced that Shane Vereen would be out until Week 11.

Vereen replaced Stevan Ridley in the second quarter of the New England Patriots’ win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after Ridley lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The former Cal running back looked great and was one of the best playmakers on the Pats’ offense. He racked up over 150 total yards, but he broke his wrist and was placed on injured reserve/designated to return because he is going to have surgery.

The injury to Vereen leaves the Patriots with fewer options at running back. They will likely go back to Ridley despite the former LSU back’s two fumbles on Sunday (only one was lost). Blount is another option. He rushed for 15 yards on seven carries. We don’t imagine he’ll be seeing enough action to merit a spot on your fantasy team. He would only be a great pickup if Ridley got injured.

The other Patriots backs to keep your eye on are Leon Washington and Brandon Bolden. Washington plays on special teams as a returner and has been a good pass-receiving back during his career. Bolden went undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2012 and rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns last season. Neither player will be a fantasy factor.

Bucs made LeGarrette Blount get a personal car service to wake him up and drive him to practice

LeGarrette Blount is easily one of the most frustrating players in the NFL. When he puts forth an adequate amount of effort, Blount can be an explosive back and one of the toughest guys in the league to bring down. Thanks to injuries and a lack of commitment, his first two seasons in the NFL have ultimately been a disappointment.

Blount, who you probably remember was suspended at Oregon for punching a Boise State player in the face, has reportedly had trouble getting out of bed and making it to practice on time since Tampa Bay signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2012. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs made Blount hire a babysitter in 2010 so he would stop being late for work.

Exasperated, then-coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik ordered him to hire a car service with a driver to wake him up in the morning and transport him less than 3 miles from his apartment to One Buc Place. After a few weeks, they canceled the car service for one day. And Blount was late. He continued to need a driver to get to work in 2011.

Blount has also reportedly fallen asleep multiple times during team meetings. Somebody should probably tell him that this is not some meaningless college course from freshman year, but rather a profession that he should learn to take seriously — especially if he expects to get more touches. The fact that a grown man with a tremendous job needs someone to wake him up and drive him to work so he isn’t late is an embarrassment and should tell you everything you need to know about Blount’s character.

H/T NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano
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