No, Cris Collinsworth ... LeGarrette Blount is absolutely NOTHING like Mariano Rivera
Cris Collinsworth compares Blount and Mariano Rivera
On Sunday Night Football this weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers trounced the Carolina Panthers 37-19. Toward the end of the drubbing, former NFL wide receiver and current SNF color commentator Cris Collinsworth attempted to use an analogy to indicate that the game was well in hand.
The Steelers sent running back LeGarrette Blount into the game to essentially wind down the clock, and Collinsworth called Blount one of the great "closers" in the NFL ... and then compared him to Mariano Rivera, much to the chagrin of pretty much everyone on Twitter.
Cris Collinsworth just compared LaGarrette Blount to Mariano Rivera as an NFL "closer." Goodnight, everybody!- Pat Leonard (@StopCoachingPat) September 22, 2014
You don't compare Lagarette Blount to Mariano Rivera. You don't compare anyone to Mariano Rivera.- Judson (@JudsonK217) September 22, 2014
Hold up. Did Chris Collinsworth just compare LaGarrette Blount to Mariano Rivera? No no no.- Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) September 22, 2014
I know nothing about baseball, but Cris Collinsworth just compared LeGarrette Blount to Mariano Rivera. That's incredibly stupid right?- Allen Strk (@Allen_Strk) September 22, 2014
But, in case the instant face-palming and eye-rolling on Twitter wasn't enough to convince you that Collinsworth was out of his gourd because the only things that Blount and Rivera have in common is that they've both played sports professionally and were both born after the end of the American Civil War, here are some facts to hammer that point home:
LeGarrette Blount has 21 career touchdowns ... Mariano Rivera has 15 seasons of 30+ saves.
Entering Sunday night's game, Blount was averaging 2.0 yards per carry this season ... which is lower than Rivera's 2.21 lifetime ERA.
In 2011, LeGarrette Blount fumbled five times in 14 games ... Mariano Rivera earned two losses in 64 appearances.
Blount has accumulated 2,725 rushing yards since entering the NFL, not good enough to crack the top 250 career rushing leaders list ... Mariano Rivera has more saves than anyone in the history of baseball.
Listen, we get that cross-sport comparisons aren't always the easiest to draw up, but we're pretty sure that the football equivalent of the greatest closer in the history of baseball would probably be owned in more than 20 percent of fantasy leagues.