FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Having played for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, running back LeGarrette Blount has experienced the behind-the-scenes culture of both locker rooms. In the wake of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown posting 17 minutes of locker-room video on Facebook Live after Sunday's victory, Blount was asked the differences between the two locker rooms.
He treated the question with the same regard he often does tacklers on the field: With blunt disregard.
"Next question," he said.
Blount played 11 games for the Steelers in 2014, his time there ending abruptly before he landed back with the Patriots. Blount's history in Pittsburgh has been revisited in recent matchups between the Patriots and Steelers, one from the 2015 regular season and then again in the 2016 regular season.
Asked if playing his former team in Sunday's AFC Championship Game provides him any added incentive, Blount said, "No. I'm just going to go out there and play just like I play everybody else. It's more about us than them."
Is there a difference in locker-room culture between Steelers & Patriots? "Next question," answers LeGarrette Blount pic.twitter.com/nC2KQdt4tW— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 18, 2017
Clearly, Blount didn't want to ignite any type of controversy, which seemed to be a message from coach Bill Belichick to players, as many -- including normally-verbose quarterback Tom Brady -- were buttoned-up and concise in their remarks on Wednesday.
Blount did touch on his friendship with Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, sharing his opinion that he's "playing amazing, better than any other back in this league" while adding that he's never seen another running back with his patient-yet-explosive style.
"This game is limited and you never know when it's over. Friendships last forever," Blount said of his connection to Bell. "He's one of the guys I'll continue to talk to for a really, really long time."