Leonard Fournette ran for 158 yards and one touchdown on Saturday against South Carolina, but it was what he did after the game that truly exemplified his incredible character.
Fournette announced in a statement that he wants to auction off his jersey from Saturday’s 45-24 victory over the Gamecocks with the proceeds going toward helping the people of South Carolina who are dealing with floods that devastated the area last week. Here’s what Fournette said to ESPN’s Quint Kessenich after the game:
“I want to send my prayers, condolences and empathy to the people of South Carolina,” Fournette said. “What they are going through reminds me of what we went through, my people of New Orleans, La., went through 10 years ago with Hurricane Katrina… I would like to auction off my game jersey, as is, to the highest bidder to help out the relief efforts. People of Louisiana not only care, but know firsthand what South Carolina are going through.”
Kessenich followed up with Fournette and asked him why he thought that was the right thing to do.
“It’s the best thing to do, man,” Fournette said. “I know what we went through for Katrina and they’re going through something similar. It’s a hard thing to go through and I have faith that they’re going to bounce back from it.”
That tells you everything you need to know about Leonard Fournette.
Wow. Leonard Fournette says he's auctioning off his game jersey to help out SC flood victims pic.twitter.com/mWQiMJfQWU
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