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Here's Why Leonard Fournette Thinks Football Saved His Life

LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is one of the top players in college football, and he's projected to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, if he declares early. 

According to Fournette, football has done more than just provide him an opportunity to showcase his athletic ability. It has saved his life, an opinion he shared on Twitter this afternoon. 

">December 22, 2015

ESPN reporter Marty Smith was intrigued by Fournette's statement, and asked him to elaborate, which he did.

">@_fournette — Interesting. How?

— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN)

@_fournette — Interesting. How?

— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) December 22, 2015

">December 22, 2015

">@MartySmithESPN I could of been a drug dealer or killer but playing football stopped me from being that

— 7⃣ (@_fournette)

@MartySmithESPN I could of been a drug dealer or killer but playing football stopped me from being that

— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 22, 2015

">December 22, 2015

A very sobering, yet refreshing take from Fournette, and one that makes you realize how important the game of football can be for some of the young men who play it.