LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette was, as most would say, “snubbed” from the list of Heisman Trophy finalists that were invited to New York City for this weekend’s presentation.
However, while members of the media and fans were upset with Fournette not being included, the sophomore rusher is handling it all with grace.
While speaking with reporters on Wednesday night at the College Football Hall of Fame before Thursday night’s award ceremony — which includes Fournette being up for the Doak Walker Award — Fournette discussed why being left out as a finalist does not matter to him in the grand scheme of things.
“Everybody was angry about the situation (not being a Heisman finalist), especially my teammates,” Fournette said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But like I told my coaches, my parents and the players on my team, everything happens for a reason.
“It is what it is. At the end of the day, the best running backs in the NFL didn’t win the Heisman.”
That is a great way to look at things.
Winning the Heisman Trophy does not automatically lead to NFL success either, so Fournette is wise to focus on what he can control and not allowing the awards and accolades to define who he is as a player.
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