JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Despite popular opinion on social media, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots had nothing to do with the auto accident Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in earlier this week.
As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, however …
Fournette said the person who rear-ended his 2017 Mercedes Maybach on Tuesday morning turned out to be a Steelers fan whose family was at Heinz Field last Sunday and watched the Jaguars beat the Steelers 45-42.
“Actually, they had pictures from the game,” Fournette said. “I think her in-laws didn’t know who I was until everybody started taking pictures with me and then they were like, ‘We were at the game going against y’all. It was cold.’ Things like that.”
Fournette said the woman did apologize after the accident, which happened on Interstate 295. There were no injuries.
“I was good,” Fournette said. “I had my seatbelt on so I wasn’t really worried. Just making sure everybody was alright and everybody was in great health.”
The thing that surprised Fournette was the fact that one of the first responders asked him if he could have the rear bumper from his car, which had been knocked off during the accident. And then asked if he would sign it?
“It was crazy because I wasn’t really worried about it,” Fournette said. “The bumper was on the ground and I was in the car waiting for the police to come and he just came out of nowhere like, ‘Man, can you sign this for me?’ I’m like, ‘You want me to sign a bumper?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah’.
“Whatever, it’s cool.”
It will be at least several more days before Fournette can get his car back. He said he’s not sure about the amount of damage. According to Kelly Blue Book the S600 model has a base price of $192,000.
“I mean, the bumper’s probably like $50,000 by itself,” he said. “I don’t know what insurance they have or who they’re with, but …”