Leonard Fournette On Tom Brady; “It’s Like Your Father Calling You To Come Do Something”

January 26th, 2021

Interesting insight was served up yesterday by the man known as Playoff Lenny, Leonard Fournette, the running back dominating the rock for the Bucs in the playoffs.

Fournette, who will be a free agent in six weeks, wisely embraces doing national interviews. Last week it was The Rich Eisen Show; this week it was SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Asked whether Tom Brady summons him to get extra route running/throwing in after practice, Fournette said it reminds him of being a kid.

“It’s so funny because, you know, he’s 43 years old, you know what I mean? It’s like your father calling you to come do something.” Fournette said. “He’s always calling me and the running backs [after practice], ‘Hey Lenny, Shady [McCoy], Ro [Jones], come get some routes.’ And that’s what we do, and it’s paying off right now.

“I think he just understands the aspect of the game when it comes to the value for running backs.”

Consider one of the most telling stats tied to the Bucs offense of 2020: The Bucs are 7-0 this season when Fournette gets 10 or more carries, and in those games he has 30 receptions and seven touchdowns.

You’re damn right Brady understands the role of running backs.

Enjoy the Ira Kaufman Podcast, presented by Bill Currie Ford.

23 Responses to “Leonard Fournette On Tom Brady; “It’s Like Your Father Calling You To Come Do Something””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Time for a Shady sighting in the Super Bowl…..

  2. Darin Says:

    I’d rather not see Shady tbbf. It’s going well enough. Shadys a couple steps behind. Just catch the dang ball Lenny

  3. Robert Says:

    Props to Lenny for throwing TB love, but I give credit to Lenny. He’s balled out short of those 2 drops (which would have gone for nothing so not that upset). It’s on him. The man is getting it done. Now run him off the edge some more!!!

  4. Buc4evr Says:

    Shady can catch the ball over the middle as check down option when Brady is under pressure so I would expect him to get some playing time.

  5. Buc4evr Says:

    Robert, agreed we need to run more sweeps and off the edge more, we have the o line and TEs to do it. Like to see AB, CG and even Scotty used on mis-direction runs to keep KC defense off balance.

  6. Colorado Says:

    Come on Joe I expect more from you than the stupid stat “The more carries a RB has the higher chance we have to win.”

    You think that if the Packers had scored a touchdown and we were down we’d have pounded the rock with Fournette at the end of the game? We ran with Fournette BECAUSE we’re winning and we want to burn clock. There’s nothing “telling” about it at all. Love your website and Bucs news Joe but it’s no wonder you hate stats, you don’t understand them.

    For reference – on the final drive Lenny ran 4 times (for 6 yards) to get his total number of carries to 12.

    C’mon Joe.

  7. Clean House Says:

    Shady has answered the bell every time asked this season

  8. Colorado Says:

    Really telling stat, when the winning team has the ball they like to run instead of pass.

  9. gp Says:

    Whoever has the hot hand
    Just crush KC and collect the prize!

  10. Casual Observer Says:

    Brady understands the value of RBs? He understands everything about this game.

  11. ClodHopper Says:

    Funny how Brady makes everyone feel like important winners.

    I heard a wise man say: People don’t remember what you say to them but they always remember how you make them feel.

    Leadership and culture is overblown? Not in my opinion.

  12. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Casual Observer… yup.

    Shady’s got it made.. got a ring in KC, might get another hear…. hasn’t played 30 snaps at either place😂

  13. firethecannons Says:

    Fournette says what he thinks while ago he called Trevor Lawrence “sunshine” said he thinks of that when he thinks of Lawrence thought it seemed true

  14. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I know the word “intangibles” gets over used. But, besides the obvious reasons, the other stuff Brady has brought to the team is just incredible. Best $25 million salary ever. Paid off many times over. It would have even more so if they had been allowed to fill the stadium with fans.

  15. BradyBucs Says:

    NDOG, “With this Brady signing it’s now Super Bowl or bust, otherwise this was a disaster move to let Winston go.”

    – Flash forward to the end of the season… Bucs in the Super Bowl.


  16. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Did n dog and tmax get blocked from here or are they just cowards?

  17. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Geeze Ira… no mediation 🤣🍾🍺🏈👊🏻💥

  18. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Tom Brady does all of the little things that epitomizes the superior leader for a team. He has maximized all of his God given talents by hard work over a long period of time as well.

    Hmmmm, maybe that’s why he is known as the G.O.A.T.

    I have supreme confidence that our guys under TB-squared will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to One Bucs Place to stay for a while.

  19. Brandon Says:

    Fournette getting 10 carries in 7-0 is more of a coincidence than a cause. Rojo is quite a bit the better runner.

  20. Steven Says:

    Love that nickname. After his touchdown run my neighbor six houses down probably heard me screaming play off Lenny.


    NDOG and TMAX are in Mexico 🇲🇽 rn watching soccer.

  22. Anne Kennedy Says:

    I truly appreciate all the exceptional years that Tom gave to our New England Patriots. I was very sorry to see him go ( and fault Bellichick for this). They
    OWED him two more years. But he is the Q
    QB for Tampa Bay so am rooting for Tampa Bay and Tom Brady all the way to Super Bowl victory!!
    Got get em’!

  23. Anne Kennedy Says:

    I hadthe pleasure experiencing all the eceptional years with Tom playing for the New England Patriots and was very sorry to see him go (for which I fault primarily Bellichick, but also Kraft).
    He is the QB for Tampa Bay now though so I am rooting for Tampa Bay and Tom Brady all the way to victory in the Super Bowl!! Go get ’em guys!