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Blount, Mel, 1948-

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Personal name headingBlount, Mel, 1948-
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Associated countryUnited States
Birth date19480410
Place of birthVidalia (Ga.)
AffiliationSouthern University and A & M College Pittsburgh Steelers (Football team) National Football League
Profession or occupationFootball players Benefactors
Found inHis The cross burns brightly, 1993: CIP t.p. (Mel Blount) galley (b. 04-10-48 in Vidalia, Ga.; football player; est. youth homes in Ga. and Pa.)
African American National Biography, accessed December 18, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Blount, Mel Carnell; football player, institutional founder / benefactor; born10 April 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia, United States; was offered a football scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana graduating with a BA in Physical Education (1966-1970); drafted in the third round of the 1970 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers; known as the cornerback of his era turningthe Steelers into play-off regulars and four-time Super Bowl champions (1970's-80's); played in six American Football Conference Championship Games, winning four of them; retired from the NFL (1983); NFL director of player relations (1983-1990); opened a youth home in Vidalia, GA and Taylorstown, PA (1989); honors include NFL's Most Valuable Player, All-Pro (1975, 1977, 1981); enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame (1989), Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1990), the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame (1997); awarded an NAACP Human Rights Award (1990) and a Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award (1996))