Leonard Fournette Feels Badly For Ke’Shawn Vaughn

September 23rd, 2021

Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Playoff Lenny/Lombardi Lenny is a fun dude but things got somber during his latest interview.

Leonard Fournette was talking about overcoming adversity while living through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. At 10 years old, Fournette said his family evacuated to a hotel before the deadly storm, but the flood waters rose and the hotel caught on fire.

His family had to leave in hurry carrying his grandparents through high water to eventually sleep and live temporarily on a bridge.

“There were so many dead bodies floating around us we had to push out of the way just to get past,” Fournette said.

He “had to start looting at Walgreen’s to get medicine,” Fournette said, with the implication that it was to keep his grandparents alive. Eventually, the family rented a U-Haul and drove to Texas.

This was all shared on Bucs Total Access on Buccaneers.com.

But from a football standpoint, Fournette went on to say some life perspective he gained as a kid helps him relate to personal adversity now as a member of the Buccaneers.

No, Fournette does not like sharing carries with Ronald Jones and he feels badly for backup running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, knows as “Sneak” in the locker room.

“Like I told Sneak, who loves football, now that I’m older, I kind of put myself in other people’s shoes. Right. So I never mentioned this but it’s just like when me and RoJo, we have to switch some games; He’s the No. 1 back and I might be No. 2, or I’m No. 1 and he’s No. 2. And even though like, in my mind, I wish I was just the back. I’m like, ‘Damn.’ I think about Sneak,” Fournette explained.

“Sneak comes out to practice with us every day; of course he’s put the hard work in, too. And he gets very, very little opportunities to show what he has. So that kind of resets my mind every day. Because no matter what you go through, somebody’s going through something worser, you know? And I guess it’s part of growing, and going through what I went through. So I just see things a lot of things differently now, and I have to approach it differently, too.”

Candid stuff there from Fournette. Wow.

Joe has heard a lot of good things about second-year-man Vaughn coming out of One Buc Palace. He was inactive in Weeks 1 and 2, largely because he couldn’t win a job on special teams.

Joe wonders if Vaughn’s first shot of the season may hinge on how Jones performs on Sunday.

26 Responses to “Leonard Fournette Feels Badly For Ke’Shawn Vaughn”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Good stuff. I need to hear him say “worser”. Hopefully i can listen on the Bucs App.

  2. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    No mention of Gio B… RoJo better get his stuff together. Fournette is saying all the right things so far, but still tip toes to the hole too much.

  3. @MidAtlanticBucsFan Says:

    Very candid information coming from Fournette. Perhaps pill-popping, incessant-commenting, Rojo-peeved, Trask-bashing @Medicated Pete can slip some special juice into Vaughn’s locker so he can win a starting job on Special Teams. Hope he gets a shoot sooner, rather than later.

  4. BA4President Says:

    I didn’t know about his Katrina experience. That’s heavy sh..

  5. tampabuscsbro Says:

    I mean with how Jones has performed recently Vaughn should get a chance.

  6. Robert Says:

    sounds like the reason the guy is starting and the same reason j dub got launched.

    nice work joe

  7. Medicated Pete Says:

    Tristan Wirfs going on Pat McAfee in about an hour

  8. Hodad Says:

    Vaughn had his chance during preseason, and didn’t do anything with it. When you get your chance you need to ball out. Lenny, and Rojo are on one year deals, and it’s a long season. One could be sidelined for weeks with one good hit. He’ll get his chance, the real question is, what will he do with it?

  9. Buc50 Says:

    Vaughn is nowhere close to Rojo. He’s 3rd in the lineup for a reason. Gio is the 3rd down guy. That’s it, that’s the lineup.

  10. Flyin Dutchman Says:

    Vaughn will eventually get his chance and he has to be ready for it. In the meantime we need the best guys out. If RoJo is not mentally all in then he may be a healthy scratch and that may even be best for him. Dude can run but missing an assignment is worst than his ball security issue.

  11. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Don’t worry y’all I dropped Rojo from fantasy which means he’s gonna start doing well now!

  12. SlyPirate Says:

    Buc50 … Vaughn is nowhere close to Rojo?

    Rojo is nowhere close to how good you think he is.
    Runs out of bounds
    Doesn’t block
    Can’t catch
    Doesn’t make anyone miss
    Doesn’t break tackles

    The only thing consistent about Rojo is his “poor me” attitude. The Bucs drafted Vaughn because Rojo underperforms.

    Give Vaughn a shot. He can’t be worse.

  13. BucEmUp Says:

    He matured…its maturing.

  14. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Hmmmm…i guess I am still waiting to see all the “HARD WORK” from all of them.

  15. SB Says:

    BA4President Says:
    September 23rd, 2021 at 12:25 pm
    I didn’t know about his Katrina experience. That’s heavy sh..


    I remember in Hurricane Ike when a friend of mine who waited on one of his friends to pick him up to evacuate never showed up.
    He called me to say good bye and that he had climbed a telephone pole and strapped himself to it with his SS# written on his arm in permanent marker.
    His body was found 30 miles away.

  16. Beeej Says:

    Interested to know what was behind that ‘step out of bounds’ thing and what staff thought of it

  17. Buxszntkt Says:

    Lol, medicated Pete, lucky you have the time to search for LFs sound bite.

  18. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    In my mind, Vaughn had his chance during preseason, and didn’t do much of anything with it.
    I know some posters here have Mad Love for Vaughn, but I am not one of them.
    ROJO and Fournette are our Backs, and IMHO there is a serious drop off when you get to Vaughn.

  19. Taampabaybucfan Says:

    Vaughn was doomed the minute they picked up Fournette……barring injury, he’ll have to wait until next year….TBBF suspects either Rojo, Lenny or both will be gone next year.

  20. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Pretty good propaganda, Joe. Nice work.

  21. Craig Says:

    I don’t expect RoJo to get a new contract. It has been four years and he keeps getting the lapses.

    I Vaughn shows enough in practice, he is a safer bet than drafting another RB. As many fail as make it.

  22. firethecannons Says:

    Leonard sounds like a goofy 26 year old who just now learned about empathy in his short life. Love it! Love watching Lenny but last week he lost the ball and it could of been a disaster. He is real.

  23. Wesley Says:

    Give Vaughn a chance he MAY just be our best back.

  24. Bob Says:

    Vaughn fumbles all the time.

  25. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Funny walkdaplank,, been there LOL

  26. Brandon Says:

    SlyPirate Says:
    September 23rd, 2021 at 1:44 pm
    Buc50 … Vaughn is nowhere close to Rojo?

    Rojo is nowhere close to how good you think he is.
    Runs out of bounds
    Doesn’t block
    Can’t catch
    Doesn’t make anyone miss
    Doesn’t break tackles

    One of league leaders last season in yards after contact, and yards per carry. Had the same number of drops as Fournette in roughly the same number of chances. Tell me you don’t know football without telling me don’t know football. 🤡