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According to ESPN, Blount, who played the last two seasons for the Patriots before leaving in free agency a year ago, still remains close friends with several Patriots players and regularly texts with running backs James White, Dion Lewis, and Brandon Bolden in a group chat. In fact, seven Eagles have played in the Super Bowl and all of them were winners in the big game. I look forward to a little trash-talking out there with those guys, but obviously, they were great teammates and good friends of mine. They know what they gonna do. None of that. We know. In this instance, however, he is the exact model of the mentality that the Eagles need to bring to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. "It ain't no hard feelings, but it's just is what it is".

"It's straight enemy mode", said Blount following Wednesday's first practice in preparation for next Sunday's Super Bowl against the defending champion New England Patriots.

By the time the offseason rolled around, though, Blount was no longer in the team's plans.

But maybe, just maybe, that has to happen by avenging their bitter 2005 defeat to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the so-called "Evil Empire" of the National Football League in Super Bowl XXXIX.

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Added Blount: "I don't play for the Patriots anymore".

But since they're here, Blount has taken on the role of counselor for his younger teammates, warning them about the potential pitfalls of losing focus with all that lies ahead. I don't watch the Patriots, I don't care about the Patriots. Staying in character, Blount responded, "Who is "they"?" "There's going to be a lot of distractions as far as (the media), family, friends". But there is something special about a player willing to do whatever it takes to win another championship, if it means you have to go through your old stomping ground to get there.

"You just have to tune it all out, ignore it, give it to someone else to handle and focus on what you have to focus on".