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LeGarrette Blount is in ‘enemy mode,’ despite friendships with former Patriots teammates

“Straight enemy mode, man."

LeGarrette Blount scores a second-quarter touchdown during the NFC Championship Game Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Patrick Smith / Getty Images

LeGarrette Blount says he will be in “enemy mode” when he faces off against his former teammates in Super Bowl LII.

“Straight enemy mode, man,” the Philadelphia Eagles running back told reporters Thursday.

According to ESPN, Blount, who played the last two seasons for the Patriots before leaving in free agency last year, 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.

However, those friendships end for at least 60 minutes next Sunday.

“Ain’t no friends. Ain’t no homies, none of that,” Blount said. “We know … what we gonna do. They know what they gonna do. We both got the same goal in mind, and there ain’t no hard feelings, but it is what it is.”

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The punishing runner went on to accurately note that he no longer plays for the Patriots, nor does he even watch them.

“I don’t care about the Patriots,” he said. “I focus on what we need to do to put us in the best position to win this game. I had a great time there last year, but last year is last year.”

According to ESPN, Blount even stopped texting his former fellow running backs this week.

“We ain’t got nothing to talk about,” he said.

Blount set career highs in attempts, rushing yards, and touchdowns last year. In fact, his 18 rushing touchdowns led the NFL. The now-31-year-old subsequently signed with the Eagles on a one-year contract reportedly worth up to $2.8 million, which was more than double what the Patriots reportedly offered him.

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Blount isn’t the only former Patriot now set to face his old team next week. In fact, Eagles defensive end Chris Long said he sort of anticipated the Patriots might return to the Super Bowl this year, even as he made his decision to leave New England.

Only four other players in the history of the NFL have won back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams.