BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A jersey autographed by LSU running back Leonard Fournette sold in a charity auction for $101,000.
"You know I'm excited it's going out to help the victims, and just proud of the work I did with, not just me, but LSU period. Just thanking God for giving me a chance to help other people out," said Fournette.
The purple jersey that Fournette wore in the Tigers' 45-24 win over South Carolina on October 10 was put up for auction.
The game between LSU and South Carolina was was moved to Tiger Stadium because of flooding on the East Coast. Fournette announced after that game he wanted to auction off the jersey to raise money for the victims of the disaster much the way his family had been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
"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 when the auction time was announced. "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."
Along with Fournette's jersey, the winning bidder will also get two helmets, one from each team that was worn in the game, autographed by head coaches Les Miles and Steve Spurrier and a notarized letter of authenticity.
The auction started Saturday morning with an opening bid of $7,000 and went until 11 a.m. Monday. The final bid was almost five times as much as the opening bid.
"That's a tremendous piece. It's good for college football, it's good for the flood relief and it's a great piece. They tell me it's the most ever received by an Internet auction," said LSU head coach Les Miles.
The auction eclipsed the record amount for a game-worn college jersey that was set at $26,090 in 2010 for a Paul Hornung's Notre Dame jersey.