Leonard Fournette Joins Green Bay Packers Legend With Unique NFL Playoff Record

Published 01/24/2021, 4:39 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Leonard Fournette arrived in Florida after 3 up-and-down years with AFC South franchise, Jacksonville Jaguars. He was signed by Bruce Arians-coached Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly before the start of the 2020 NFL season. However, he has proved to be a crucial asset for the NFC South franchise.

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Prior to this year’s NFL Playoffs, Fournette had 367 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs to his name. It was a decent return for him, but he knew he was capable of more. He’s gone into beast-mode in the post-season with some eye-catching displays in the wins over Washington and New Orleans Saints.

Fournette was at it again in the NFC Championship Game. The 2017 first-round pick produced a stunning play against the Packers defense, which resulted in a 32-yard rushing touchdown.

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In doing so, Leonard Fournette gave the Buccaneers a much-need lead against Aaron Rodgers and Co. He now has 180+ rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns in this year’s playoffs.

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Leonard Fournette continues to impress in the ongoing NFL Playoffs

Leonard Fournette’s effort not only handed the Buccaneers the lead once again, but also catapulted the experienced running back to an elite group of players, as far as the post-season is concerned. Fournette is now only the fourth running back after Curtis Martin, Dorsey Levens, and LeGarrette Blount to have rushing touchdowns in Championship Games with multiple NFL teams.

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Leonard featured in his first Championship game in his rookie season with the Jaguars. He rushed for 242 yards and had 4 rushing TDs as the Jags bowed out in the AFC Championship Game in the 2017 season. His touchdown against the Packers on Sunday puts him level with Green Bay Packers great, Dorsey Levens.

Levens was with the Packers between 1994-2001. While playing for the Packers, he rushed for 1,000 or more yards twice and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1997. He also won the Super Bowl XXXI trophy playing alongside star quarterback, Brett Favre.

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