Fournette joins Shaq, 'Pistol' Pete by winning second Corbett Award
BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Leonard Fournette has claimed the Corbett Award for the second time in three years.
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the state.
Fournette will be presented with the award on Saturday, Aug. 6 as part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Superdome. 24 individuals, including this year’s Hall of Fame class, and two teams will be honored at that banquet. Honorees are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee.
Fournette, a native of The Big Easy, claimed his first male Corbett Award after his senior season at St. Augustine High School, concluding one of the most decorated prep football careers in the history of Louisiana.
Two years on, No. 7 becomes the first two-time winner of the male award since Shaquille O’Neal took home the trophy in back-to-back years starting in 1991. Fournette joins Shaq and O’Neal in the pantheon of elite athletes who have achieved the double-winner accomplishment.
“I'm extremely humbled and proud to be named the recipient of this award,” Fournette said. “There are so many great athletes in the state of Louisiana and to be named the Corbett Award winner this year is a tribute to the great teammates that I'm surrounded by and our outstanding coaching staff.”
A 2015 All-American, Fournette has already smashing rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns records at LSU. He wrapped up his record-setting sophomore season by tying an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns and 212 rushing yards as the Tigers rolled to a win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.