The jersey worn and autographed by star running back Leonard Fournette in LSU’s 45-24 win over South Carolina on October 10 will be auctioned off beginning on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 a.m. CT with all proceeds going to aid the flood victims in South Carolina.
Fournette is considered one of the best pro prospects in college football. His jersey along helmets worn by players in the game and signed by Steve Spurrier and Les Miles will also be part of the auction. All the items will be packaged together with the opening bid set for $7,000. A notarized letter of authenticity will be presented to the winner of the auction.
The South Carolina-LSU game was moved to Baton Rouge because of the flooding situation and Fournette said afterward he was hoping to auction the jersey to help victims. After initially indicating it was an NCAA rules violation, the NCAA backed off. College athletes aren’t allowed to sell their game jerseys while still eligible and schools are required to take the names off the backs of any jerseys that were worn by players and then sold but Fournette’s jersey is being sold as is–with his name stitched to the back.
The auction will run from 7 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 7, until 11 a.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 9. Those interested in placing bids can do so at www.LSUauction.net.
LSU is also asking those people interested in assisting with the recovery of the South Carolina flood victims can make monetary donations anytime at www.redcross.org/lsutigers.
“Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need,” Fournette said of the jersey auction. “The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina.”
“What Leonard has done is a tremendous gesture from a student-athlete with a much bigger vision than outcomes of games,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said. “Leonard is a great teammate, a wonderful representative of LSU and we are proud to support him in this endeavor.”