It has been a full season since Leonard Fournette suited up for LSU, but he still keeps a small piece of his college uniform with him on Sundays.
The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie often wears LSU shoulder pads. He told reporters on Thursday that the college pads are just more comfortable than what was available to him in Jacksonville.
Here is his full response:
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“I’m just more comfortable in my college pads,” the running back said. “The NFL pads are sometimes too wide, too heavy, too big, things like that.”
The NFL is notoriously strict about what uniform modifications players are allowed to make, but Fournette indicated he hasn’t been fined for wearing the purple-and-gold shoulder pads.
Fournette posted great numbers in his rookie campaign, rushing for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a score.
Most important, Fournette’s Jaguars are still in the playoffs after upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. He scored 3 touchdowns in the win and notched his first career 100-yard playoff game.
He did have a minor scare Tuesday when his car was rear-ended on the highway, but he did not suffer any injuries and was able to drive his car home. However, it was later revealed his car was hit by a Steelers fan.
Next up: a road game in New England on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.