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Leonard Fournette Switches to No. 7 Jersey with Bucs; Wore Same Number at LSU

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is taking full advantage of the NFL's new uniform rules.

The Bucs announced Fournette will wear the No. 7 starting in 2021, which is the same number he wore for his three seasons at LSU:

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Back to his roots. No. 7⃣ looks good on you, @_fournette!

Earlier this month, the NFL relaxed its uniform rules, with running backs able to wear Nos. 1-49 and 80-89.

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Fournette's decision may not sit well with his starting quarterback. Bucs star Tom Brady revealed he's a uniform number purist and criticized the new rule.

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GOAT not a fan of the new number rule? https://t.co/MgIW06taDb

Fournette managed to run for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns with the Tigers, so he seemed to do just fine with the No. 7 on his back.Β Much like how Samson generated his power through his luscious locks, perhaps that jersey was the key to the 2015 consensus All-American running roughshod over opposing defenses.