Mel Blount was a third-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970.
Blount was the prototype cornerback of his era and a major reason why the Steelers were the dominant team of the National Football League in the 1970s.
Blount intercepted at least one pass in all 14 NFL seasons and led the league in interceptions with 11 in 1975.
Mel ended his career with 57 interceptions in which he returned for 736 yards and two touchdowns.
Mel had ideal size, speed, and quickness, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust his coverage tactics to rule changes that favored receivers.
Blount, who was named the NFL's most valuable defensive player in 1975 by the Associated Press, earned all-pro acclaim in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1981.
Mel was a four-time All-AFC selection and played in five Pro Bowls.
A fixture at right cornerback, Mel was equally effective playing either zone or man-to-man defense.
Blount was known for his rugged but clean style of play.
Blount during his Enshrinement in 1989.
Blount's Hall of Fame Mural.
Blount's Hall of Fame Bust.