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 – 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.”