Leonard Fournette rushed for 1,000 yards as a rookie.
The former LSU running back knows he didn’t do it by himself.
Fournette thanked seven Jaguars offensive linemen by purchasing a Rolex watch for each of them. Fournette had 1,040 rushing yards and nine touchdowns to help the Jaguars (10-6) win the AFC South and get into the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
“Just to show them the dedication and all the hard work they put in to help me to get me where I’m at and also for this team,” Fournette told reporters on Thursday. “Their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Fournette said he ordered the watches last week and they should arrive in Jacksonville on Friday, just in time for his teammates to wear them to EverBank Field for Sunday’s home playoff game against the Bills.
“I can’t block 11 guys on my own and they played a big part of contributing in me getting 1,000 yards,” Fournette said. “They know about it. Just rewarding their dedication and the hard work they put in to help me to get where I’m at. The hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. I’ve got their numbers and initials ingrained on them.”
The watches, which were engraved with each players name and number, went to left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Patrick Omameh, center Brandon Linder, right guard A.J. Cann, right tackle Jermey Parnell and backups Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells, both of whom started when Parnell, Linder, Robinson and Omameh were injured.
“I couldn’t do it myself,” said Fournette, who also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown. “I can’t block 11 guys on my own. That’s the O-line, and wide receivers, too. They played a big part of contributing to me getting 1,000 yards.”