Leonard Fournette: Tom Brady Hounds Me On Team Bus

April 24th, 2021

Joe’s treating you to another escape from pre-draft stress with an iconic Tom Brady story.

Joe’s been sitting on this one for a couple of months. It comes from Leonard ”Playoff Lenny” Fournette during a visit to the R2C2 podcast at TheRinger.com.

Of course, Playoff Lenny was asked about Brady during the show, and he delivered with a gem.

When road games end, it seems Brady hits the showers, answers a few minutes of media questions on Zoom and gets to work — on a team bus as it prepares to depart for an airport runway.

”’I’ve learned a lot from him,” Fournette said of Mr. Seven Rings. ”You know what I mean? Understand his work ethic, you know, soon as we get on the bus he’s watching film. Listen, I might be dead asleep and he’ll come tap me, like, ”Lenny, you made a bad cut.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You made a bad cut.’ I’m like, ‘I’m going to sharpen; I’m going to fix it. I’m gonna fix it.’ That’s the type of guy you need around you; I ain’t going to say “need,” you will want around me. Everything he has, it just rubs off on you. You want to be that great.”

Man, Joe loves that story. There’s Playoff Lenny, resting his battered and tired bones in a luxury bus seat, drifting off with music in his earbuds waiting to fly home, and Brady’s tapping him on the shoulder and literally shoving a tablet in his face to watch a play.

That kind of stuff is why Joe’s not worried about the 2021 Bucs getting complacent.


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44 Responses to “Leonard Fournette: Tom Brady Hounds Me On Team Bus”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    That’s good stuff, Joe.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Tom Brady “Bus-Hounding”

  3. Red86 Says:


  4. lambchop Says:

    Psycho Tom. Gotta love it. This dude still LOVES football.

  5. lambchop Says:

    Mark my words, Brady ain’t retiring till he gets his 10th ring, boys!

  6. lambchop Says:

    And when it happens, Mahomeboy can go ahead and retire too.

  7. David Says:


  8. Youngbucs Says:

    You know why Brady can do this because he does his job more consistently than most. Imagine some fake leader trying tell Lenny what he did wrong.

  9. Drunkinybor Says:

    Tom brady best free agent signing ever? Name another free agent who immediately changed a losing culture and franchise into not only a winner a super bowl champion.

  10. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Fair point, Drunkin’. The key word being free. Didn’t cost a solitary draft choice ( although in hindsight he was worth 2 # 1’s at least ) and took a below market contract while attracting other key players. Still hard to comprehend. Thanks for your ego, BB!

  11. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Good nugget Joe.

  12. Blind Faith Says:

    Hey, it’s Tom Brady’s football world and we all get to live in it.,!!!!


    Here’s a way to get a solid #1 pick in the draft LOSE! I wonder if the players will get tired of TB12 scrutinizing their play after ring #2.

  14. SKBucsFan Says:

    Sign him to a multi year extension as a coach l…Stat!

  15. SKBucsFan Says:

    Lambchop….he only has 8 fingers. They would have to design “classy” thumb rings for #’s 9 & 10. Either that or toe rings. I am okay with that.

  16. The Daily Coroner Says:

    This may be your GOAT. Greatness never sleeps.

  17. Jack Burton Mercer Says:


  18. White Lion Says:

    Should have been the league MVP!
    7-9 to Super Bowl Champs?
    Come on.

  19. SB Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    April 24th, 2021 at 3:35 pm
    Tom Brady “Bus-Hounding”


    THIS! If we can’t stop the monikers then lets just Keep Adding to them!!!!

  20. Jim Says:

    This is awesome.

  21. DaBux Says:

    Playoff Lenny is capable of becoming “Oh Chit Career Lenny” if he keeps on listening. That’s why I don’t think we take a RB in the first round. If Lenny applies himself and looks like that bulldozer from LSU again and improves his receiving, the sky is the limit.

  22. SB Says:

    Youngbucs Says:
    April 24th, 2021 at 4:35 pm
    You know why Brady can do this because he does his job more consistently than most. Imagine some fake leader trying tell Lenny what he did wrong.

    LOL whomever could you be talking about Youngbucs??

  23. SB Says:

    Wow. It made it through?

  24. Hissylizzard Says:

    The fans and analysts just don’t understand the contribution guys like he and peyton have on a team.When they talk about bringing in a guy to replace him and wonder why a guy that’s seemingly better.yet the team gets worse,this is why. They contribute to the other guys game as well….this is why guy like Mahommes will never eclipse him ,because he is legitimately a team qb ,he knows and sees all aspects of the game.none of these QBs get it.

  25. motherBUCer Says:

    *Lombardi Lenny

    Fixed it

  26. Buczilla Says:

    We are so lucky to have Brady.

  27. Iamabuc Says:

    Non of our players is bothered by it. They know that is a lot better than being woke up to eat a “W’ made up of your fingers…….😂

  28. Bbro Says:

    We know now it takes a 24/7 QB to run a Super Bowl contender every year just like a successful business owner 👍🏆💰

  29. Rico 210 Says:

    Add… should tapping
    Go Bucs

  30. Sean Curran Says:

    I’m happy for you Buccaneers fans.
    Us Patriots fans enjoyed TB12S greatness for 20
    Years. Now you guys see what it is that makes him
    So special. I rooted for the Bucs hardcore in the
    Superbowl, because I’ll always be a diehard Brady fan.

  31. #1bucsfan Says:

    Always working. To be the best that’s what it takes. Honestly Brady prob doesn’t even consider it work

  32. Executive Concerts & Management Inc. Says:

    The world will hound you Mr. Fournette for you have accomplished what so few have. A Superbowl tag on your name. I do not look at you and say Tom Brady. I look at you and say be a great winner forever. You earned that Superbowl ring. Now write a book about your journey while you on top and hot. That is another thing Tom Brady is trying to tell you. Grab an great opportunity when it is available. That is why Tampa contracted you to be their running back. What a opportunity grabber. Now where was my sorry Chicago Bears front office? As usual hibernating like a sleeping grizzly during the Winter months. Excuse me but isn’t football played in the Winter?

  33. Dennis Wright Says:

    Touché! Yes, great point that if you want to
    be in the playoffs EVERY YEAR, the
    ONLY WAY to get to the SB you must
    have a 24/7 QB.

  34. lambeau Says:

    Great story. This is how Brady makes everybody better. He points out mistakes and bugs them not to repeat them–eventually they internalize it and raise their standards for themselves so they won’t have to deal with him. Leadership. And they know he’s even harder on himself.

  35. Sithlyone Says:

    I’m still pinching myself. I can’t believe that not only did we get TB12, but he brought us to such heights!

    Its stories like these that demonstrate what his true value is. When talking heads like to point out his “paltry” stats and say the defense carried him, they fail to see that he is responsible for that as well. The moment he got here, he raised the expectation level of everyone in the building.

    He doesn’t have to carry the entire organization because he gets everyone to do their own job at a championship level. Its the exact reason why he never got the credit he deserved in New England. He isn’t flashy, but he is the ultimate professional leader that holds eryone accountable, especially himself!

  36. Oneilbuc Says:

    Again this is why I will never agree with some of yall about Brady. The only influence that Brady have on this team is the offense . Brady has never influence the defensive side of the ball . I’m tired of that narrative !! And it’s not that I hate Brady he has always been ok with me . It’s just that I hate narratives that the national media sets. So hate me all you want because I don’t believe like yall do .

  37. Winny Testaverde Says:

    OnelilBuc sez:

    And it’s not that I hate Brady he has always been ok with me .

    Well I’m sure Brady will be relieved to hear that. I know as a Bucs fan I live for your keen insight and approval. Whew! Come on, Onelil!

  38. MarkR Says:

    O’neil, you don’t think the defense gets motivated to play better when they see the offense playing SB quality football, taking the pressure off the defense and giving them some rest? You don’t believe that a QB with 10 Superbowls worth of experience cannot improve the focus of even the most talented defense in the league. C’MON!! That’s crazy. Suh, David and probably others have said as much in recent interviews.
    I too can’t believe TB didn’t win the league MVP. TB has done many, many amazing things in his career, but it’s difficult to believe that anyone else could ever pull off what he did in Tampa this season.

  39. Ashley Devero Says:

    I see it now, 68 year old Tom Brady just won his 27th Super Bowl an 21 Super Bowl MVP. Brady’s comments were I think I have 2 good years left in me.

  40. Oneilbuc Says:

    Markr. The defense inproved because it was the second year in system. Remember this was the first time that David , JPP, played in a 34 defense in their careers . I was watching the game against the Gaints in 2018 . The bucs record was 3 and 6 and the defense was ranked 29 in 9 weeks. And I have watch this defense give up games so many times the past 6 years. Now this pass year they steppe up and bail the bucs out of games . So I guess when Brady leaves then it’s over in your opinion right ??? Lol 😆🤣😂

  41. Youngbucs Says:

    Yea because Brady getting rid off the worst starting field position in the nfl for our defense has no affect on the d smh. Yea because getting rid of 114+points scored by other teams off our turnovers has no affect on the defense smh. Yea because completely changing the culture and team morale has no effect on the defense just the offense smh. Oneilbucs is a straight 🤡 who needs to take his winston rose colored glasses off. Again any who can’t admit Brady changed this entire team has no credibility. The facts are there try to ignore them all you want true fans of this team know the difference between 2019 and this season!!!!

  42. Youngbucs Says:

    And honestly if any of you actually go back and check the 2019 defense was also very good. It wasn’t just the end of the season the had some bad gms sprinkled in but what team doesn’t have that it’s football. The 2019 defense did things not even our super bowl defense in 2002 or our current super bowl team did. In 2019 we were a playoff team with a different QB it’s the truth deny it all you want.

  43. Youngbucs Says:

    Oh and by the way numerous defense players have explained how Brady helped them individually with their gm!!!! National media narratives😂. The players on your own so called team say these things. Instead of jock riding Shannon sharpie and rob I need a life Parker maybe you should listen to the players on your own team!!!! Oh that’s right the not saying what you want to hear so you come hear and tell us we’re all crazy and know nothing. Give up your crusade it’s over bro you look more stupid than ever still trying to deny.

  44. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs you are to young to remember the 2002 defense lol 😆😂. You just a boy 👦 lol 😆🤣😂