Cornerbacks: Mel Blount (1970-1983)
Looking down this list so far, you must really think the ’70s defense was pretty good, eh?
Well, you’re right, and it doesn’t stop there.
Cornerback Mel Blount was an absolute monster, and owned the football field. Whoever he was covering simply would not catch the ball, and he was a complete ball hawk.
Blount truly represents everything you would ever want in a cornerback.
With a 6’3″ frame, great speed, great vision, he was the perfect image of a great cornerback, and his play showed that.
Blount reeled in a total of 57 interceptions throughout his career, which is the current record in Steeler history. Blount was a ball magnet, and caused quarterbacks to constantly look away from him.
Blount qualified for five pro bowls, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame shortly after his career.
On top of interceptions, he had 13 fumble recoveries, and 4 defensive touchdowns.
Mel Blount was the leader of all defensive backs in his time, and was the key to the Steelers passing defense during the ’70s.