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NFL rookie melts trophies to make weights for Florida high school

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette wants his accomplishments to inspire others, and he’s taking a unique approach to do it.

Fournette, who was chosen with the fourth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, collected roughly 700 trophies throughout his football career. He said some of them he earned when he was 5 or 6 years old, but he wanted to put them to good use. 

Fournette partnered with MET-Rx, a sports nutrition company, to melt all 700 of his trophies and have them converted into kettlebells and free weights. The weights were then donated to Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here is video of the process:

Fournette spoke with Complex.com about his trophies and donation to Raines High School. He said the message he’s sending to high school athletes at Raines is that “hard work pays off.”

From Complex.com:

“I really wanted to give back to them and to be there to show them that you can’t take anything for granted. If you’re a kid and you have the talent and ability to be great, then why not do it your whole life or a whole year playing football? It’s going to pay off somehow, some way.”

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