They debated which was better of the New Orleans football classes, whether it be 2008 or 2011 or Fournette’s group in 2014.
Because Fournette is a man from New Orleans who’s deeply invested in the city, and he was now back putting on a youth football camp for kids Saturday (June 16) at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. He also took a group of kids on a shopping spree Friday.
Saturday, though, he was playing around with campers, teaching them the fundamentals of the game and talking with old friends. He was the center of attention in the Saints practice facility, as so many friends and former teammates came to catch up.
Fournette is one of the foremost examples of what a kid from New Orleans can achieve. He was an All-American at LSU, a No. 4 overall NFL Draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars and made the AFC Championship game as a rookie.
This camp, he said, was a chance to show that to kids.
“I feel like they’re the future,” he said. “I want to set the example for them saying that anything is possible. If you keep your faith in God, you can make it.”
Fournette was heavily involved with the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation growing up, so that’s who he reached out to for the camp.
He saw this as an opportunity he didn’t have growing up.
“I wish I did,” he said. “I never really got to be around NFL players growing up. That’s why I want to change it.”
He thinks these kinds of opportunities and the exposure to NFL players like Fournette and Jaguars teammates such as Marqise Lee and Myles Jack can motivate kids. It makes the end goals a reality and not just a fantasy.
It was fitting Fournette spoke so fondly of kids as he’s experiencing raising his own. He has a 3-year-old daughter, Lyric, and a 1-year-old son, Leonard IV.
He talked Saturday about seeing them grow and watching them give him the same headaches he gave his parents. He joked that the genes are strong, with them acting so much like him.
“It’s funny, though. It’s funny how things come around.”
And here Fournette was, coming back around to his home and trying to help the future.
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