ESPN’s Ivan Maisel said LSU tailback Leonard Fournette is “different.”
He isn’t different because of his NCAA-leading 864 rushing yards. He isn’t different because of his insane combination of size, speed and power. Maisel said he believes Fournette is different because he shares a quality that LeBron James, Bryce Harper and Jordan Speith possess: the desire to be great.
In a column on ESPN.com, Maisel gushed over Fournette’s talent and mindset and compared him to James, Harper and Spieth, who are all some of the best athletes in sports. Maisel backed up his comparison by explaining that like the latter three, Fournette has overcome intense expectations.
“And that’s what makes Fournette different, from the top of his shaved head (a duty performed by his hometown barber, who drives more than an hour to Baton Rouge every Thursday to do the job) to his size-14 cleats,” Maisel said. “He doesn’t settle. He decided a long time ago that he would chase greatness, and the way it looks from here, he is closing the gap.”
Maisel added that Fournette glues you to the TV when he’s playing because you never know what he will do next.
“Like LeBron, like Harper and Spieth, Fournette is appointment television,” Maisel said. “You learn to plan your snack runs and bathroom breaks when they aren’t playing. In his first four games this season, Fournette already has 11 rushes of at least 20 yards, including touchdowns of 75, 62 and 40 yards. He also promises the possibility of those runs against Auburn, when he slung would-be tacklers away as if they were Hollywood extras in a bad college football movie.”
Fournette has incredible talent and has also been labeled as an athlete with great character. Now the nation is taking notice. Fournette’s chase for greatness could be paying off if he performs at this pace the rest of the season.
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— Ivan Maisel (@Ivan_Maisel) October 6, 2015