Leonard Fournette celebrated another year by giving a nod to his past.
On Wednesday, the former LSU running back spent his 22nd birthday by attending a ceremony at New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School, where he developed as a football star before joining the Tigers’ program.
As described in a piece by NOLA.com’s Julie Boudwin, Fournette created the ‘BUGA’ 5 annual award for St. Augustine teachers and students as a way to give back.
Here are more details from the story:
Fournette gave the first five awards to his former coaches and teachers: Darren Dixon, Tyrone Payne, Derick Pannell, Kendrick Johnson and Sean J. Goodwin.
“It’s a special moment. A lot of people don’t give back on the day they expect things to be given to them,” Fournette said about why he selected his birthday as the date he wanted to give back to his alma mater. “Like I’ve said since high school, why not be different? That’s why I’m here.”
The award consists of a trip to watch Fournette in a future NFL game and $1,000 each.
Wednesday was a big day for Fournette, who’s bound for the NFL Draft. Before the ceremony at St. Augustine, he signed a multi-year deal with shoe and clothing manufacturer Under Armour.
You can check out a few sights from the event at his former high school below:
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 18, 2017
Leonard Fournette on St. Aug: "This is the foundation. I came here as a child. I appreciate every one of you." pic.twitter.com/ZuNiQ6SBXj
— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) January 18, 2017