July 4th is obviously a day of great patriotism in the U.S. and the holiday is intertwined with the 18th century colonists no longer wanting to be ruled by Great Britain. Well, on Wednesday, a prominent Jaguar was in London, but not in name of hostility.
As part of the Jaguars UK effort, including their annual game at Wembley coming this October against the Eagles, running back Leonard Fournette was in London and took in one of the world’s most famous sporting events.
Fournette was at Wimbledon, the hallowed “All-England Lawn Tennis Club,” for the playing of tennis’ third major championship of the season.
— Alexandra Willis (@alex_willis) July 4, 2018
The running back who burst on the NFL scene for Jacksonville in 2017, admitted that he’s never actually played tennis in his life. However, he was fascinated to be around the likes of the current greats of the game Roger Federer and Serena and Venus Williams, who were all in action Wednesday.
Here’s his discussion with Wimbledon.com about taking it all in:
"I've never played tennis, but if I practice at it I could probably be top 5. You never know"@NFL star @_fournette believes he could be a tennis superstar in the making ?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/EQnfuOwGYp
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2018
Fournette was the fourth overall pick out LSU a year ago, and made a tremendous impact from the beginning of the Jags breakout season with a 100 yard game in the opening win at Houston, and three more 100 yard games in the first nine.
There was lull in his productivity due an ankle injury and he also missed a game in Indianapolis due disciplinary reasons, but eventually, Fournette got back on track. He ran for 109 yards and 3 TDs in Jacksonville’s statement win over Seattle in December that clinched the first playoff spot for Jacksonville in 11 seasons.
Then, in the post season Fournette was just ok against the Bills in the AFC Wildcard game with 57 yards on 21 carries. However the next week in Pittsburgh, Fournette set the tone early and often with two first quarter TDs. He finished with 109 yards and 3 rushing TDs, and Jacksonville stunned the Steelers to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
The Jags sledgehammer back scored another early TD and finished with 76 yards rushing as the Patriots rallied to win 24-20 scoring in the final three minutes to knock the Jaguars out of the Superbowl.
He and Jacksonville are anxious for him to get rolling on a different grass, the grass of the Jaguars facility beside TIAA Bank Field and training camp for year two.
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