On enormous response to Leonard Fournette jersey auction, LSU running back thanks 'God for giving me a chance to help other people out' _lowres

Photo from LSUauction.net -- This game-used, autographed No. 7 jersey was worn by Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette during the Oct. 10, 2015, football game between LSU and South Carolina.

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LSU’s online auction of the jersey worn by LSU running back Leonard Fournette against South Carolina began at 7 a.m. Saturday, and by late Sunday night, the top bid had reached $40,000.

That price is believed to be a record amount for a game-used college jersey, topping the $26,290 paid for a college jersey worn by Notre Dame legend and NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung.

The auction, at www.LSUauction.net, also includes a South Carolina helmet signed by former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and an LSU helmet signed by coach Les Miles. The jersey is signed by Fournette.

Each helmet was worn during the Tigers’ 45-24 win over the Gamecocks on Oct.10 – a game moved from Columbia, S.C., to Baton Rouge because of flooding in South Carolina.

The starting bid for the package was $7,000. All proceeds will go to victims of the South Carolina flooding, one that killed at least 19 people. The auction runs until 11 a.m. Monday.