Steelers sign Taylorstown’s Blount

February 14, 2017
Akil Blount, a Taylorstown native and son of Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount, signed with the Steelers Tuesday.

The Steelers on Tuesday signed six players to their offseason roster, including Taylorstown native Akil Blount, the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount.

Akil Blount, who attended the Linsly School in Wheeling, was a star linebacker at Florida A&M, leading the Rattlers in tackles in each of his final two seasons while recording three interceptions and 14.5 tackles for a loss.

He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins last spring.

Blount, 6-2, 249, was released at the end of training camp by the Dolphins.

Akil Blount is the eldest son of Mel and TiAnda Blount. Mel Blount won four Super Bowls and played in five Pro Bowls with the Steelers in a career that spanned from 1970 to 1983. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Akil Blount wasn’t the lone son of a Hall of Fame player signed by the Steelers Tuesday.

Mike Matthews, a former Texas A&M star and son of lineman Bruce Matthews, was signed by Pittsburgh. Bruce Matthews played 296 games with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, where he was a teammate of Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Also signed were former Temple offensive lineman Kyle Friend, Weber State cornerback Devonte Johnson, running back Trey Williams, a former Texas A&M star who has spent time with Dallas, New England, Miami and Indianapolis, and linebacker Jason Fanaika, who spent time on the practice squads of Oakland and Washington in 2016.

Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.

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