As fame comes Blount's way, he keeps eyes on prize

As fame comes Blount's way, he keeps eyes on prize
January 17, 2014, 2:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- It's been impossible to miss the rise of LeGarrette Blount's star in New England.

After a quiet start to the season, the running back exploded in mid-December and rushed for 431 yards and eight touchdowns in his last three games.

According to a report from TMZ Sports, Blount's jersey is selling out of Boston area stores. Even the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium, one of few licensed to customize Nike jerseys, can't keep No. 29 in stock.

Blount's friends and family are among those clamoring for gear.

"I've gotten a lot of requests, but they've been asking for them since before I got here, and at that time [sellers] weren't making them. Now you can't get your hands on them," he said with a grin. "To all of them, I hope y'all can find them because I can't."

Count the Broncos among those noting Blount's emergence. It's hard to imagine they won't make stuffing New England's big back a priority.

He shrugged at the thought.

"I don't know what they're noticing. It doesn't really matter to me. I don't care. We're just going to execute the game plan at hand. And whatever's working we'll continue to do and whatever's not, we'll go from there."

Blount has talked before about the depth and talent of the team's running back corps. If holes start closing for him, they will open up for someone else.

Selling out jerseys is cool and all, but he cares more about winning than personal pride.

"That doesn't really matter to me. There's one task at hand and I'm sure you guys know what that is. It starts here today and hopefully will continue after Sunday's game."