Mel Blount, the longtime cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is the best NFL athlete to ever wear the uniform number 47.
Blount was taken with the 53rd overall pick in the 1970 NFL draft, out of Southern University, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wound up playing his entire NFL career (between 1970 and 1983) with the Steelers.
- 6 time All Pro
- 5 time Pro Bowler
- 57 career interceptions
- 736 career interception yards
- 13 career fumble recoveries
- 1975 NFL leader in interceptions (11)
- 1989 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
- 4 time Super Bowl champion
- 1976 Pro Bowl MVP
Did you know......Mel Blount was ranked number 36 on the Sporting News list of the 100 greatest NFL players in 1999?