Leonard Fournette thankful for journey after “humbling year”

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Running back Leonard Fournette came close to making the Super Bowl during his rookie season, but the Jaguars blew a lead to Tom Brady‘s Patriots and things went downhill fast in Jacksonville.

Fournette only played eight games in 2018 and one of the games he missed was the result of a suspension for fighting. He was also criticized by former team executive Tom Coughlin and then got arrested during the 2019 offseason. Fournette’s production rebounded that season, but the Jaguars were still bad and Fournette wound up getting cut before the start of this season.

He signed on with the Buccaneers and took on a complementary role next to Ronald Jones for most of the season. Jones’ quad injury opened the door for Fournette in the postseason and he’s responded with 48 carries for 211 yards, 14 catches for 102 yards, and three touchdowns.

After Sunday’s win in the NFC Championship Game, Fournette said it has been a “humbling year” before adding that he’s grateful for the twists and turns.

“I’m just thankful for my journey,” Fournette said, via SI.com. “Hopefully, whatever was out there on my name, hopefully has changed, you know what I mean? Because I’m not the asshole that they say I was, or things like that. I just love football and I love winning.”

Fournette’s journey could take him elsewhere when the season is done, but he’ll have a chance to pick up a Super Bowl ring to take with him wherever the road should take him next.

10 responses to “Leonard Fournette thankful for journey after “humbling year”

  1. Lost in all of this is this may be Brady’s last game. If they win it all, that would be a storybook ending to a storybook career.

  2. xbam says:
    January 25, 2021 at 9:56 am
    if Len get a SB ring its only because he was at the right place at the right time…
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    The same can be said of hundreds or thousands of other players.

  3. He’s been integral for them during this playoff run. A lot of people tried to count him out unfairly. Hope he gets the last laugh.

  4. Lost in all of this is this may be Brady’s last game. If they win it all, that would be a storybook ending to a storybook career.
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    Believe me, absolutely no one is forgetting about Tom Brady’s career.

  5. Sure, he’s producing now. That’s only because this is a contract year for him and he’s going to want $15M/yr on his next contract. Then after he gets all that money it’ll be back to the Fournette of 2018–showing up for camp out of shape, getting injured all the time, not playing hard. He was lucky to go to TB and play for a winner. Buyer beware whoever signs him next year. All those things sad about him are true. One season in TB (367 yards rushing) doesn’t mean hs’ not. I have about the same expectations from him as I have for Jaydeveon Clowney–not much.

  6. Then after he gets all that money it’ll be back to the Fournette of 2018–showing up for camp out of shape, getting injured all the time, not playing hard. He was lucky to go to TB and play for a winner. Buyer beware whoever signs him next year. All those things sad about him are true. One season in TB (367 yards rushing) doesn’t mean hs’ not. I have about the same expectations from him as I have for Jaydeveon Clowney–not much.

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    Two thumbs up on that. This statement is 100 all the way.

  7. he’s definitely proved himself to be an incredible blocker and very good receiver in the pass game.

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