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WLAE to highlight the life of Leonard Fournette


For Leonard Fournette, the road to stardom began during his days of playground football in New Orleans.

By the age of 14, he gained national attention, was being recruited by 150 college football programs and had a Division I scholarship offer to attend LSU.

The powerhouse running back has speed, footwork and size. His notoriety has drawn comparisons to New Orleans star athletes such as Marshall Faulk and Peyton Manning, as well as to NFL future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson.

However, the road to stardom has not been easy. Fournette had a humble upbringing in New Orleans, where life in the inner city often is a battle to steer clear of drugs and crime.

Fournette lost friends and family members to violence. Despite his surroundings, the teen used a steely, inner determination to make a better life for himself and his family.

The road to athletic stardom took Fournette to St. Augustine High School, where he became the No. 1 target of every college football recruiter in the country.

This documentary follows the outstanding career of the country’s top college football prospect, from his time as a promising playground player to his emergence as an attention grabbing All-America high school athlete as he navigated the intense college recruiting process and traveled down his “Road to Stardom.”

The program will premier on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m., and replay on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. on WLAE.

The film’s producer and director is Kenny Chenier.

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