One of the most noteworthy personell moves the New England Patriots made after Super Bowl LI was not re-signing running back LeGarrette Blount, who had been the Patriots' de-facto number one running back since 2013. Coming off the most productive season of his career – he ran for 1,161 yards while also scoring a league-high 18 touchdowns – Blount instead joined the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency.
Despite New England choosing to move on from the veteran, Blount has positive memories of his tenure with the franchise: His two Super Bowl rings, as he was recently quoted in Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback column. The 30-year old, who has rushed for 467 yards and a pair of scores this season, said the following when asked what his most valuable possession is:
That’s easy. In the history of the NFL, there hasn’t been but 51 Super Bowls played, and I have won two of them. So it’s my two Super Bowl rings. I have the utmost respect for the Patriots, and I appreciate everything they did for me. It’s a world-class organization. Even though I am here [in Philadelphia] now, I hold no grudge. It’s business. That’s football. You move on. But those two Super Bowls rings are pretty important in my life. They’re put away safely. I bought the two replicas; I don’t wear the real ones. To understand what they mean, think of this: I was a big football fan growing up. As a kid you watch the Super Bowl, and you imagine, ‘I hope I can play in one of those some day.’ It’s pretty cool. I played in two.
Both Blount and the Patriots benefitted from the running back's tenure in New England. It not only helped him turn his career around after some struggles with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but also brought the former undrafted rookie and the franchise the above-mentioned two championship rings. All in all, a win-win situation for both sides.