Leonard Fournette says football saved his life

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NFL teams look for players with a passion for the game of football, and worry about players who don’t consider the game their top priority. On that score, teams should like LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

Fournette said today on PFT Live that he loves football so much he considers it a literal life-saver. Fournette said that it wasn’t until he got to ninth grade and was good enough to start on the varsity that he started to realize he had a future that many others in his New Orleans neighborhood didn’t have.

“I could have been like any knucklehead out here selling drugs, a criminal or doing whatever. But no, I was on the football field 24/7,” Fournette said.

Fournette certainly sounds like the kind of player NFL teams will love. Asked what it is he wants to do in the NFL, Fournette didn’t hesitate to answer, “Win a Super Bowl.”

22 responses to “Leonard Fournette says football saved his life

  1. Considering he’s probably going to Jacksonville, it may take a while to get that Super Bowl.

  2. I’ve always liked the word knucklehead. In my experience people who use it have their own head screwed on right.

  3. weepingjebus says:
    Apr 25, 2017 8:59 AM

    I’ve always liked the word knucklehead. In my experience people who use it have their own head screwed on right.

    LOL, ala, Charles Barkley right.

  4. He probably will watch a super bowl in Jacksonville. If the NFL awards the city with one. But to play for the Jags and play in a SB, no.

  5. This is the side of sports that seems to get overlooked these days. NFL has many detractors but at the end of the day it offers a lot of opportunity and hope to many people who don’t have as much as we all would like.

  6. Who was the player that said he “shot at people” when he was young?? It was in a statement like this…

  7. “But, no I was on the football field 24/7″… Well, except for that bowl game in college…

  8. It’s funny. This kid says good things about football and the positive things it has done for him and some people have to rip him for it.
    I find it totally refreshing and hope he makes it in the NFL.

  9. If it is so important to him, he shouldn’t have left his teammates in the bowl game without him. That isn’t a good example of “love” I want from players on my team.

  10. Yea but Leonard, you have to play for the Patriots if you really want that Super Bowl like u say. Your going to Cleveland or some other wasteland.

  11. We’ll be will get called all kinds of things, but landing on the Panthers will push his limits as a all-round 3 down RB.

    Why wouldn’t Fournette want to join the Panthers. First off he will train under one of the best RB coaches in the NFL in Jim Skipper.

    Then he trains with a great RB in Jonathan Stewart.

    Then he lines up with Cam Newton in the Back Field Ina read option offense with getting a bigger o-line to open holes.

    Then he goes up against one of the top 5 defenses in the NFL for Practice.

    If Fournette can shake and bake Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis then get past DE Julius Peppers, Star Lotlelei, Kawann Short and Charles Johnson.

    If Fournette lands here and can perform against this defense he will be a .Knster in the NFL as a RB.

  12. Last night a DJ saved my life. So, in a way, I can relate.

    Running backs last an average of just under 3 yrs in the league. Here’s hoping he’s able to last longer than that.

  13. Everyone knows a RB’s career in the NFL is short, but the key message here is twofold. First, football has positive benefits. Second, passion for the game matters.

    On the second point, it’s surprising to me anyone would attempt to downplay the importance of competing, and having a passion for your occupation. The high achievers always have the combination of talent, hard work, and passion for what they do in life.

    Even if Fournette’s playing career is short, he should be able to use football to be successful if he keeps this same mindset.

  14. carpanfan95 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 11:33 AM
    We’ll be will get called all kinds of things, but landing on the Panthers will push his limits as a all-round 3 down RB.

    Why wouldn’t Fournette want to join the Panthers. First off he will train under one of the best RB coaches in the NFL in Jim Skipper.

    Then he trains with a great RB in Jonathan Stewart.

    Then he lines up with Cam Newton in the Back Field Ina read option offense with getting a bigger o-line to open holes.

    Then he goes up against one of the top 5 defenses in the NFL for Practice.

    If Fournette can shake and bake Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis then get past DE Julius Peppers, Star Lotlelei, Kawann Short and Charles Johnson.

    If Fournette lands here and can perform against this defense he will be a .Knster in the NFL as a RB.

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    Hell of a drug

  15. A positive article about a standup guy elicits mostly negative comments. Seriously? This guy is what every team is looking for with every draft pick: a dedicated, humble guy who is ready to work his tail off. He just so happens to have once-in-a-decade talent. And it was his coach’s decision to hold him out of the bowl game, a decision that moved Leonard to tears. But that’s okay, let’s tear him down because it’s the internet, and we live in a post-facts world.

    Good luck, Leonard. Bookmark this page: A winner in the NFL and a winner in life.

  16. silvernblacksabbath says:
    Apr 25, 2017 9:46 AM

    Who was the player that said he “shot at people” when he was young?? It was in a statement like this…
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    It was JEROME BETTIS!

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