Remarkable things happen when Leonard Fournette carries the football.
But something extraordinary has been happening after some plays, according to a report the The Wall Street Journal: Opposing players have been showering Fournette with praise.
Fournette has received his share of trash talk, as well as occasional extracurricular activity in the pile and after the whistle. But something is changing: “People still say things to me, but now it’s much more respectful,” Fournette said.
Some praise his speed, or his footwork, or his ability to elude tackles. And some express a wish that he played for their team. But one backhanded compliment doesn’t cut it with the fiercely loyal Fournette: When opponents taunt his teammates and suggest they’re not worthy to be on the field with him. “That’s going to get me really charged up,” he said.