You can now add “Vaccinated Lenny” to the list of nicknames for Bucs running back Leonard Fournette. With Bruce Arians’ announcement that the entire Bucs team is 100 percent vaccinated, Tampa Bay’s outspoken running back clearly had a change of heart.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Fournette was originally hesitant about getting the COVID vaccine, tweeting and then deleting a post about his skepticism. But Fournette changed his tune about halfway through training camp, saying he was keeping an open mind on the vaccine. As we found out on Wednesday, the veteran running back came to a decision.

“Something I just wanted to do,” Fournette said. “[Not] trying to put the team in harm, just knowing that people are still catching it, but it makes it a lot better that I have the shot and don’t cause other things on the team. Because we need every hand in here for these next couple of big games we got coming up. Especially the opener.”

Fournette put in the time to decide to get vaccinated. With the NFL making so many rules about penalizing unvaccinated players if a COVID outbreaks occurs, he had his teammates and others in mind in his decision.

“I just prayed on it,” Fournette said. “So whatever happens, happens. Just trying to be the best teammate I could be. Not causing no more [problems] than what we’re handling as it is. And people are getting sick every day. Just try to be the bigger person and get it over with.”

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mark2001
1 month ago

Wise choice, Lenny. Now the team is all on the same page. Full speed ahead…and give Jerry Jones cow chips an A kicking.

Captain Sly
1 month ago

Probably wisely looked around the nfl took noticed of fringe unvaccinated players being cut ie; Cam Newton. He now realizes that he got freedom of choice and the teams got freedom of choice

Naplesfan
1 month ago

There’s a very interesting post by Jenna Laine on ESPN about Fournette’s departure from JAX and arrival at Tampa Bay. The transition was difficult, and he was impacted by some really nasty character assassination attempts by several of the JAX staff … now long since fired. Good read.

bucballer
1 month ago

Glad to hear Playoff Lenny is fully vaccinated as well as the entire team. Can’t wait for Thursday! Let’s get after them Cowboys!

RW
RW
1 month ago

When you read the ESPN article you find out that Fournette and Brady had a connection long before LF became a Buc and TB gave him a “recruiting” call to come and join Tampa.
Funny how the rich and famous “privileged” white guy can relate so well to the “troubled’ black guys like Brown and Fournette. Brady obviously walks the walk unlike a lot of people and is able to see the good in someone and encourages that through his words and actions. He gets them to believe in themselves because he believes in them.

inspecto
Reply to  RW
1 month ago

Right on RW ya hit the nail on the head .
Go Bucs and win the opener.

drdneast
Reply to  RW
1 month ago

Some people have turned into such right wing sock puppets they never know when to turn it off.

fredster
1 month ago

Bucs are 100% vaccinated. Who cares? So now they can’t have any positive cases? No. So stupid.

buccaneerNW
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

It means they’re far less likely to have cases and to spread COVID to others. It’s called being a responsible adult instead of a fucking freedumb whiner being herded by right wing anti-science disinformation and general ignorance.

bucballer
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

I care! Fans care! Leave it to some to find bad in something that is good, especially if ur a Buc’s fan! Wow!

bucballer
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

And because being unvaccinated in the NFL carries with it a penalty of a five day waiting period and then a negative test to rejoin team if a player could is deemed a close contact. If this happens Thursday or Friday or Saturday to a star player of need such as Brady, then u can see the potential disaster and effect on the team it could potentially have! Don’t be stupid! If ur a Buc fan, then u want 100% team vaccination rate. It only helps ur team!

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

No one said or thinks that. If you have been vaccinted the protocals are much less stringent. If you haven’t bee vaccinated and you get Co Vid please don’t scurry off to an ER and expect them to treat you. Just stay at home and take your horse medicine and disinfectant and leave us all alone.

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aredsoxfan1
1 month ago

Who would have guessed a team in Florida would be 100% vaccinated. Great leadership by Arians. Way to go Bucs! Now its time to go kick some azz!

lambeau
1 month ago

I wonder if Lenny asked BA how come he got zero carries in the last game.

seat26
1 month ago

100% Glad to hear. Hopefully, Covid will not be a factor for the team.