It takes a man with character to play for a character guy like San Francisco Forty Niner head coach Mike Singletary. That is why it was so surprising to me that the Niners would sign undrafted running back LeGarrette Blount. Singletary, known for his old-school, straight-forward approach to the game, must of thought he could make a man out of the running back from Oregon. While Blount is a man is size and weight (6'1, 238 pounds) and talent (1,002 yards rushing and a school-record 17 touchdowns as a junior, he has, at times, proven to be less of a man on the football field. Case and point... Boise State pushed around Oregon 19-8 on Seprember 3 of last season. After the game, Blount lost his cool and sucker-punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the jaw Blount was restrained by police and team staff to keep him from going after fans. For my money, that just doesn't seem like a Singletary-type of guy.
After seeing that display and others, teams wanted no part of this genius. So he went undrafted. No team, especially in light of recent deplorable activity on the part of certain NFL players, wants to deal with a potential headline like Blount. Teams want to distance themselves from the "thuggish" image. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Forty Niners stepped up post-draft, and attempted to sign Blount, who initially agreed to terms with the team. But he changed his mind. LeGarrette decided he'd take his considerable talent and intelligence to Tennessee to join the Titans. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth San Francisco. You were denied by a chump. Count your lucky stars Niner fans that LeGarrette didn't want to find discipline in the form of coach Mike Singletary. Coach has his blueprint all over this team. The last thing he or the team needs is a distraction like LeGarrette Blount. Coach shouldn't waste his time trying to help this clown mature. Instead, he should put all of his energy into seeking quality guys with proven track records with which to use as building blocks. I will join Niner fans and Boise State fans in not rooting for LeGerrette.
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