LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball...

LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the New England Patriots in the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS — There were all sorts of records set in Super Bowl LII, but LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long shared one distinction that might be difficult to surpass.

Blount and Long are the first players to win a Super Bowl with one team and then defeat that team in the Super Bowl the next season.

The two players were part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons last season, and on Sunday night, they helped the Eagles earn a 41-33 victory over the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“You can’t believe it,” said Long, who had two quarterback hits. “I don’t think it’s sunk in for me. We just made good decisions and me and LG, we knew that when we left somewhere like that, you might have to live with watching them win and that would have been very painful because you left and you know you could be there.”

Blount became a three-time Super Bowl champion. He was on title teams in Super Bowl XLIX and LI.

This isn’t about me,” said Blount, who carried 14 times for 90 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown run. “This is about our team. Our team has showed fight. Our team has showed fight all season. Our team has done everything that they’re asked to do. Everything that they needed to do to make sure that we put ourselves in this position at the end of the season.”

There are very few running backs with three or more Super Bowl titles. Franco Harris had four with the Steelers. Terrell Davis had two with the Broncos. John Riggins won one title but played in two Super Bowls. Thurman Thomas played in four Super Bowls with the Bills, who lost each of them.

“No, it hasn’t settled in,” Blount said. “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s unmatched to anything. The closest comparison is the birth of your kids. Obviously, they’re here with me. I love these guys. This is a family. We’re a resilient team. We told everyone that we wouldn’t be denied all year and we stood strong to that.”

Long, whose father is Hall of Famer Howie Long, has one more title than his dad.

But almost more important than that, Chris Long has to get a tattoo of linebackers coach Ken Flajole. In training camp, Long told Flajole he would get a tattoo of his face if the Eagles won the Super Bowl.


“I don’t know,” Chris Long said. “The good thing about having a lot of tattoos is you can try to hide something. I’ll try to nestle that in somewhere.”

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