Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette rushed for two touchdowns in his team's playoff loss on Sunday, all while playing with a heavy heart.
Fournette revealed after the game that his cousin was killed in New Orleans on Friday night. FOX8Live confirmed that Renard Fournette, 27, was found shot to death in a car outside of the Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
“This whole week has been a very difficult week for me. Two days prior to the game my cousin got killed,” Fournette said postgame. “I'm just trying to keep everything together. It’s been a long week for me. But I’m happy I got a chance to go out there.”
Fournette was not the only Bucs player dealing with personal tragedy on Sunday. Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was mourning the death of his grandmother earlier in the week.
Fournette finished with 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and nine receptions for 56 yards in Tampa Bay's 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The veteran running back scored the tying touchdown with less than a minute to play before the Rams drove downfield to win on a Matt Gay field goal as time expired.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fournette and his family during this time.