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LeGarrette Blount Mania is out of control in New England, jersey is impossible to find

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Sure, Tom Brady may be the guy who drives the New England Patriots offense, but LeGarrette Blount? He’s the part of the machine providing the torque and horsepower.

The bruising running back, who essentially was a castoff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the Patriots got Blount via trade from the Bucs for a seventh-round pick and something called Jeff Demps — arguably may be the biggest star, not to mention the biggest surprise, of the NFL playoffs.

During New England’s 43-22 throttling of the Indianapolis Colts, Blount carried the load, rushing for 166 yards on 24 carries (a 6.9 yards per carry average) and even more importantly, four touchdowns. Blount became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 150 yards and score four touchdowns in a single playoff game. Not too shabby.

With great success comes increased notoriety, and Blount most certainly is enjoying both. TMZ reports that he has become such a popular player that New England-area stores — including the team’s official pro shop — can’t keep up with demand and have sold out of his jerseys.

Obviously, stores probably did not have many Blount jerseys to begin with — much less than say, Tom Brady or, um, Tom Brady — but it’s fascinating to witness such a rapid ascension to sudden stardom.

A TMZ report provides the lowdown on how his sudden rise has resulted in a severe lack of supply.

Makes sense, since Blount started the season as a backup running back … but now, the official Pats team shop tells TMZ Sports, they”re literally printing up Blount jerseys one-by-one at the stadium to try to keep up with the demand.

“The Patriots ProShop is one of the few stores around licensed to make customized Nike jerseys,” a rep tells us.

The rep adds, “His stock has risen. It’s very cool to be walking around in a LeGarrette Blount jersey right now.”

If Blount can somehow duplicate his performance last weekend — a tall order, to put it mildly — in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, his placement in Patriots postseason lore will be secured. Something for the “Blounted” indeed. Yes, that’s a Cypress Hill reference … can you dig it, man?
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