Steelers cut Mel Blount’s son, sign a pair of players

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Cornerback Mel Blount had a Hall of Fame career with the Steelers, but his son’s stay with the team didn’t work out quite so grandly.

Linebacker Akil Blount was signed by the team in February and his run with the club came to an end on Wednesday when the Steelers cut him loose. Blount played at Florida A&M and spent last offseason with the Dolphins before being cut in August.

The Steelers also parted ways with quarterback Nick Schuessler on Wednesday and announced the signing of two players. They added quarterback Bart Houston and wide receiver Canaan Severin.

Houston played with first-round pick T.J. Watt at Wisconsin and made five starts for the Badgers. Severin spent last summer with the Steelers before going on injured reserve and was waived earlier this month to make room for undrafted rookie additions.

5 responses to “Steelers cut Mel Blount’s son, sign a pair of players

  1. I’d bet the Steelers just brought him in as a favor to Mel. They probably gave the kid more of an opportunity than he actually deserved. Chris Carter’s son, Barry Sanders jr., and Jerry Rice jr. are trying to make it too. It’s not automatic, even with the good name. Not everyone can be like Archie Manning.

  2. I remember Mel Blount. One of the first really big CBs at about 6-2 and 200 pounds. A real beast. As a Baltimore Colts fan I suffered through a number of losses at the hands of that defense. Cool of the Steelers to give his kid a shot.

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