BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots were in control for much of Sunday’s game against the Ravens, but with less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, a win was still not guaranteed.
It was at that point that the Patriots turned to the ground game, handing the ball to Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount nine times. Blount absorbed a late hit from Ladarius Webb after the eighth play, and on the next snap he exploded through a hole and barreled his way into the end zone to officially put the game out of reach for the Ravens.
It was Blount’s second touchdown of the day, and he celebrated by performing the dance made famous by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. The linebacker did it for years when he took the field during pregame introductions in Baltimore. It was a distinct dance, so when Blount performed it in the M&T Bank Stadium end zone, there was no mistaking its origin.
After the game, Blount said he performed the dance to show respect for Lewis.
“There was excitement, you know what I’m saying? The last one, Ray Lewis, no disrespect. Respect. I love him,” Blound said. “I’ve talked to him a few times, and I asked if I could do that before I did it.”
Blount said that Lewis signed off on the idea.
“Out of respect for him … I talked to him one of the last times I played him, and I had his phone number still from doing a couple of appearances with him, so I asked him a while ago,” Blount said.
As for whether it was his audition to be on “Dancing With The Stars,” Blount laughed at the question.
“Nah, definitely not auditioning for ‘Dancing With The Stars,'” he said. “But if they ever called me, I might consider it.”