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Mel Blount to be inducted into
Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame

FORT WORTH, Texas—NFL legend and humanitarian Mel Blount will be inducted into the National Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20, at the Texas Wesleyan University Nicholas Martin Hall, 1309 Wesleyan in Fort Worth.

Mel Blount, left, with his Paint gelding High Brow Doll and trainer Tracy Barton, after a cutting horse competition in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this year.
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No stranger to such honors, Blount was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame in 1989 during his first year of eligibility. Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970 to 1983 and helped his team to win four Super Bowl championships. He played in five Pro Bowls and was a Pro Bowl MVP in 1976. As a cornerback with the Steelers, Blount led the NFL in interceptions and was named the league’s defensive MVP that year.

Blount’s accomplishments off the field are just as remarkable as they were on the gridiron. In 1983, he opened a home for disadvantaged youth in Vidalia, Ga. and started up a second home in Claysville, Pa., in 1989.

Through these homes, Blount has been touching the lives of countless children who face a multitude of challenges. For his efforts, Blount has been honored with a long list of awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, the NAACP Human Rights Award, National Conference of Christian and Jews—Peoplehood Award and many others. He was also named a Point of Light by President George Bush and was recognized as one of eight national heroes by U.S. News & World Report.

To help make an impact on children’s lives and teach them about responsibility, Blount uses horses at his homes, which are located on large ranches in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Children enjoy caring for and learning about horses. When the chores are done, they also get to ride, competing in such events as barrel racing and pole bending.

“Horses are a part of our treatment program,” Blount said. “You can tell that it really changes kids’ attitudes. … There’s just something about horses that intrigues kids. With our program, they learn to love and appreciate these animals.”

Himself a lover of horses, Blount competes on American Paint Horses at prestigious National Cutting Horse Association events. All the money he earns at these activities is used to help run his homes for boys.

For more information on Mel Blount and the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame, contact info@cowboysofcolor.org or call (817) 922-9999. Or visit the organization’s Web site at www.cowboysofcolor.org.

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