50 Facts About Fournette


Leonard Joseph Fournette III was born on January 18,1995 and is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

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Fournette played college football for the LSU Tigers, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Fournette had near-unprecedented hype headed into college in 2014 after an outstanding career at St Augustine High School in New Orleans.

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Fournette won the 2013 USA Today High School Football Offensive Player of the Year and was named the top-ranked recruit in 2014 senior class according to ESPN, 247Sports.

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Fournette then signed with the Buccaneers, with whom he played a large part in winning Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Fournette was the team's primary starter for most of the 2021 season, but a late-season injury kept him out of the last 3 games of the regular season, as well as part of the playoffs.

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Fournette credited Katrina as kick-starting his football career after he moved to Houston and back within a year because of the hurricane evacuation.

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Fournette competed in the 4 × 100 metres relay and 4 × 200 metres relay.

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Fournette rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns his freshman season, and became the first-ever freshman to earn a scholarship offer from Louisiana State.

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Fournette was named Louisiana's 2013 Mr Football by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, and was selected as an All-American by Parade and USA Today, as well as USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, the first from Louisiana since Ryan Perrilloux in 2004.

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Unanimously regarded as the best running back prospect of his class, Fournette was one of the most highly recruited players ever to come out of Louisiana.

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At the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, Fournette announced his decision to attend Louisiana State University.

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Fournette attended and played college football for LSU from 2014 to 2016 under head coaches Les Miles and Ed Orgeron.

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Fournette finished the season against Notre Dame in the 2014 Music City Bowl with 11 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

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Fournette started his sophomore season with a strong performance of 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Mississippi State.

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Fournette rushed for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, six yards shy of tying Alley Broussard's school record of 250 yards against Ole Miss in 2004.

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Fournette had an 87-yard touchdown run nullified by an illegal formation call late in the game.

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The following week, against Eastern Michigan, Fournette rushed for 233 yards, becoming the first player in Southeastern Conference history to rush for 200 or more yards in three straight games.

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Fournette tied a school record originally established by Charles Alexander in 1978.

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Fournette's streak ended the next game against rival Alabama, the nation's best rushing defense, at Bryant–Denny Stadium.

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Fournette was held to 31 yards on 19 attempts, as the Crimson Tide handed LSU its first loss of the season.

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Fournette finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, earning 110 points.

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Fournette earned consensus All-America honors as he was named to the first-team by three official selectors: the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and the Football Writers Association of America.

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However, after a pregame scuffle between the teams in which Fournette shoved a Florida assistant coach, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron granted him permission to play.

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Fournette finished his junior season having carried 129 times for 843 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games.

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On December 5,2016, Fournette announced his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Fournette finished his college career having rushed for 3,830 yards, the fourth-most by a player in LSU history behind Charles Alexander, Dalton Hilliard, and Kevin Faulk.

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Fournette's 40 rushing touchdowns are tied for third most in school history with Alexander and behind Hilliard and Faulk.

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Fournette arrived at the NFL combine weighing in five pounds heavier than his playing weight in college and opted to only participate in the vertical and 40-yard dash.

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Fournette was ranked the top overall running back prospect by NFLDraftScout.

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Fournette was the first running back taken in that year's draft.

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Fournette made his regular season debut on September 10,2017, against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

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In Week 4, against the New York Jets, Fournette recorded a 10-yard reception in the first quarter for his first career receiving touchdown.

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In Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams, Fournette carried 21 times for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the Jaguars' first play from scrimmage.

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In 13 games and starts, Fournette finished his rookie year with 1,040 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns along with 302 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

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Fournette was ranked 58th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.

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Fournette missed the next two games before returning against the New York Jets, where he aggravated the injury and was ruled out indefinitely.

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However, after a Donte Moncrief reception that was initially ruled a touchdown in the third quarter, Fournette got into a fistfight with Bills defender Shaq Lawson as part of a brawl that broke out between the Jaguars and Bills, and the two were subsequently ejected from the game.

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Fournette was suspended one game the following day for the fight.

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Fournette finished the 2018 season with 439 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 185 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

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On September 6,2020, Fournette signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Fournette became the third player in NFL history to score touchdowns in four games in a single postseason.

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On March 31,2021, Fournette re-signed with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal worth $3.

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Fournette was one of the first players to change his jersey number after the National Football League uniform numbers rule had changed in April 2021.

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Fournette decided to wear number 7, which he previously wore at LSU during his college career.

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In Week 6, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Fournette had 127 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns.

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Fournette suffered a hamstring injury in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve on December 23,2021.

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Fournette finished the 2021 season with 812 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns to go along with 69 receptions for 454 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

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On March 23,2022, Fournette re-signed with the Buccaneers on a three-year, $21 million contract.

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On June 8,2020, Fournette led a peaceful march of about 700 people, including police officers, in downtown Jacksonville to protest the murder of George Floyd.

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