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LeGarrette Blount says he did not orchestrate his Steelers exit

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has had an eventful season to say the least.

The powerful tailback started the 2014 NFL season in Pittsburgh but will end it in Arizona playing for the Patriots in the Super Bowl again Seattle on Sunday.

But the road from the Steelers to the Pats was not a seamless one and involved plenty of controversy and uncertain times for Blount.

Many experts criticized Blount for his Steelers exit. The running back quite infamously took himself out of a game and sat himself on the Pittsburgh team bus earlier on the season.

Head coach Mike Tomlin didn't take kindly to his attitude and subsequently fired him the next day. When asked about his departure from Pittsburgh, Blount opened up earlier this week and explained that his actions were not part of a ploy to get fired.

"You know things didn't work out as planned," he said during Tuesday's Media Day, his most extensive explanation on his exit from the Steelers, reported.

"So we decided to part ways. I ended up here and now I'm about to play in the Super Bowl. When asked if he orchestrated his release from Pittsburgh, Blount responded with a "soft, 'No,' and a shake of the head,"

Blount subsequently endured a hard few days with his NFL career uncertain, but then the Patriots came to the rescue and picked him up off the waiver wire. Furthermore, Jonas Gray's off the field mistakes then propelled Blount to the Pats' lead runner in the absence of Stevan Ridley, and Blount hasn't looked back since - with his three touchdown performance in the AFC Championship Game displaying the best side of Blount.

The powerful back admits it's been a rollercoaster year for himself, but now he's only interesting in continuing to be an asset for the Pats on Sunday. 

"They gave me a chance to come out here and show that I can do what I've been doing in this league for a couple of years," Blount said. "I can run the football. I was excited to become another asset to the team, another part of the team, another weapon they have. I was excited they gave me another chance to come back and be a part of what's going on today."

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