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LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) works to ignite the crowd after running the ball in for the score in the first half against Mississippi, Saturday, October 22, 2016, at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. ORG XMIT: BAT1610222141081465

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Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette has signed a deal with the mega sports clothing and apparel company Under Armour, and he'll hold a pep rally at St. Augustine High on Wednesday announcing the partnership. 

Fournette will celebrate his birthday - he turned 22 today - during the pep rally at his alma mater in New Orleans, as well as taking questions from students and introducing a new award named in his honor. 

"During the pep rally, Leonard, with Under Armour, will reveal 'BUGA 5,' an award that will be given annually to five St. Augustine coaches, administrators and students who exemplify the traits of Fournette’s “Being United Generates Attitude” mantra," a statement from Under Armour said. "The award is a nod to the inspiring roles that St. Augustine and the New Orleans community played in his development both on and off the field, as Leonard looks to use his birthday to give back to the school, rather than receive."

Fournette's deal with Under Armour is for multiple years and is "one of the most valuable endorsement contracts ever for an NFL rookie," ESPN.com reported

Fournette signed with the agency Roc Nation Sports last month, leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft. He's projected as a top-15 pick in the draft and is the No. 1-ranked tailback in the class, according to some.

In three years at LSU, Fournette broke the single-game and single-season rushing records. He was hampered during his junior season last year by an ankle injury that he suffered in preseason camp. 

Fournette told Bleacher Report last week that his ankle is "doing fine" and not affecting his training for the NFL combine. 

 

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