Fournette to enter NFL draft following Citrus Bowl
BATON ROUGE – LSU junior running back Leonard Fournette announced on Monday that he will be entering the NFL draft.
Fournette made the announcement through a written letter that he posted on Twitter on Monday explaining his decision to enter the draft following the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.
Forever LSU, Forever Buganation pic.twitter.com/sdkN0JaonF— 7? Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 5, 2016
"I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare," Fournette wrote.
Throughout the letter, Fournette wrote how grateful he is for the time spent at LSU and as a Tiger and describes the feeling of leaving as "bittersweet."
Read Fournette's full letter below:
"I sit and reflect, as I pen this letter, on my journey as a Tiger. I think about how you all supported me - even before I made the official announcement that I would attend LSU - and I am forever grateful for your continued support throughout both my high school and college careers. You all have watched me grow from a teenager to a young man and were even there for the birth of my daughter Lyric.
When I decided to attend LSU and major in human resources, I also had hopes of winning a National Championship. Things did not go as I planned, but when I consider the passion and commitment of the LSU fans, coaches and my teammates, I am still very grateful for my experience here.
This has been a very trying season, but I have continued to fight to play to the best of my ability. Each day I study and work and rehab with my coaches, trainers and teammates so that I can return to the field for the bowl game, and help our team bring another victory home.
I am thankful that you all have been there through the good, bad, ups and downs. I am thankful for my coaches who have helped me grow into my full potential. I am thankful for my teammates who have been on the field with me through victories and defeats. I am thankful for Coach O stepping in this season, and I wish him well as he officially takes over as Head Coach of the LSU Football team. I am thankful for the entire football staff and support group. I am thankful, so it is bittersweet that I must also say goodbye.
I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft after our bowl game. I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare. I want everyone to know that I will forever treasure my experience as a Tiger. I will take with me the many valuable lessons that I have learned here, and the love that you have shown me throughout the years. I will forever be an LSU Tiger. Thank you.
Forever LSU and Always BUGANATION,
Leonard Fournette, #7."