Fournette joins the Roc Nation Sports roster.
LSU's star running back Leonard Fournette has officially signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, which represents current NFL stars like Dez Bryant, Todd Gurley, Victor Cruz and Ndamukong Suh.
Fournette has also announced that he has played in his last college game and won't be suiting up for the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve to ensure that he's fully healthy for the upcoming NFL Draft. An ankle injury has caused him to miss five games this season alone.
"This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, not playing in the bowl, but it's best for me and my future," Fournette said. "It was hard telling the guys. I love them dearly. You grow so close together through this. I'll forever thank them and support them."
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey also wants to be in tip top shape for the Draft and announced that he'll be skipping his team's matchup against North Carolina in the Hyundai Sun Bowl Game as well.
Both of their decisions to sit out the bowl games have been met with criticism from some current and former NFL players, including Donovan McNabb who is "worried about the example this sets for the kids." For the record, McNabb has two DUIs.
"I don't agree with this. It sets a bad examples for the kids."— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) December 19, 2016
- Donovan McNabb on Christian McCaffrey's decision to sit out the Sun Bowl pic.twitter.com/Gg19pBZp6a
All these young guys deciding to skip their bowl games 🤔.I would do anything to play one more time with my brothers in that scarlet and gray— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
And there is a difference between not coming back for your last year and not finishing your last season.— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
My bad though I didn't realize they were already battling injuries. So I guess it makes sense.— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
I just know how much I loved my university and the guys I played with. My last game was the most memorable moment from my college career.— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
I hate players skipping bowls. But I get it. It's a complicated issue.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 19, 2016
I'd want to play another game w/ my boys. Are you kidding me? Ask any player from my generation-Should skip whole year if that's the concern https://t.co/PVoKaDgjzV— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 19, 2016
Got a text from a coach. "If some coaches can skip bowls to get ready for their next job, how can anyone fault Fournette or McCaffrey??"— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 19, 2016