LSU’s Leonard Fournette Awarded SEC Sportsmanship Award
LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been awarded the SEC Sportsmanship Award, and for good reason!
Back when LSU was to play the South Carolina Gamecocks in South Carolina last football season, the game had to be moved to Baton Rouge due to flooding in South Carolina. Fournette knew he had to do something.
“After suffering through Hurricane Katrina as a child and the devastation that it brought to my hometown of New Orleans, I somewhat understood what the people in South Carolina were experiencing,” Fournette said. “I wanted to do anything that I could to help make a difference.”
Following the game, during a live interview on ESPN, Fournette announced that he would be auctioning off his jersey from the game to help the flood victims in South Carolina.
Thankfully, everything fell into place, and he was able to do it without opposition from the NCAA.
“I’m very appreciative and humbled by this award,” Fournette said, “... and I appreciate LSU, the SEC and the NCAA for allowing me to raise money and awareness by auctioning my game jersey from the South Carolina game.”
And raise money he did! The jersey brought in $101,000. The most ever brought in during an auction from an active college athlete.