By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
Today's Q & A Session is with former LSU and NFL great Leonard Marshall. Marshall was recruited by Charlie McClendon and played defensive end at LSU from 1979 to 1982. As a senior, he was chosen the team defensive MVP of what arguably could be the best defense in LSU history, having nine players from the starting unit go on to play in the NFL. Marshall finished his LSU career with 180 tackles and five sacks.
The New York Giants drafted Marshall with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 1983 NFL draft. Al Davis of the Raiders described him as the steal of the draft. He would go on to play ten seasons with the Giants, winning two Super Bowl rings with a 39-20 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XXI and a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. He would spend his final two NFL seasons with the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. Marshall finished his 12 year NFL career with 714 tackles and 83.5 sacks. He was selected three times to the Pro Bowl, and twice named NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year following the 1985 & 1986 seasons. Marshall is most famously known for his hit on Joe Montana that knocked him out of the 1990 NFC championship game, after which Montana would not play another regular season game for almost two years. Montana suffered a bruised Sternum, a bruised stomach, cracked ribs, and a broken hand during the hit.
Q - What is your favorite TV Show?
Leonard - I'm kind of mixed. It's kind of a mixed bag. I love the work that Dick Wolf is doing on television. I love Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and I've always been a Law and Order SVU fan forever.
Q - What is your favorite food?
Leonard - My favorite food is anything from Louisiana. I grew up eating the best food in the
world. It's a variety of stuff. I love boudin to any one of the etoufees that we make to a nice juicy fried seafood platter. A lump of crab meat. Crawfish tails and a little bit of catfish. A little bit of everything from down there.
Q - Who is your favorite Pro Athlete?
Leonard - Michael Jordan was unbelievable. To watch him compete and watch him play
basketball was just awesome. I also watched the maturity of DeWayne Wade, the maturity of LeBron James, and the maturity of Kobe Bryant who was also an incredible player.
I kind of have a player from each era. If I had to pick one from my childhood growing up, it would be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Then in between, it would be Michael Jordan. Now, it would definitely have to be LeBron James and a little bit of Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, because those three guys could light It up anytime they were put to a test to make it happen.
Q - Who are your favorite sports teams?
Leonard - Let's see, my favorite baseball team would be the Yankees. My favorite basketball
team is a toss-up between the Lakers and the Celtics. My favorite of all time would have to be the Bulls and the Heat are in there as well. My favorite football team is the New York Giant because that's where my heart has been and that's where my heart will always be.
Q - What is your favorite Movie?
Leonard - My favorite movie of all time is "A Time to Kill" starring Samuel L. Jackson and
Matthew McConaughey. It was the first real serious book that I had the chance to reed about the South and everything associated with the Civil Rights movement that makes me think back to my childhood when in fact, you and I couldn't play together because of segregation. You and I couldn't use the same bathroom because of segregation. Or at least until 1967/1968 until everything desegregated and people finally grew up and recognized and realized that we needed each other in order to level the playing field out. Today look at plenty of us, the whole world is now peanut butter colored because of it.
Q - Who is your favorite actor?
Leonard - Samuel L. Jackson. I think he is a riot.
Q - Who is your favorite music artist?
Leoanard - I have a couple from different areas. I've always been a Wynton Marcellos fan in the jazz area and that old back beat New Orleans style jazz that I grew up on. My favorite rap group of all-time is Public Enemy. My favorite Soul singer would have to be Aretha Franklin. My favorite balladeer would be Luther Vandross.
Q - Were you born and raised in Franklin, Louisiana?
Leonard - Yes, I was born and raised in Franklin. I lived there until I was 17 and decided to go to LSU to play football.
Q - When you were a little boy, what did you want to grow up to be?
Leonard - When I was a kid I played and liked all sports while developing a following for
baseball, basketball, and football. I watched all the greats, studied to be like all the greats and tried to emulate all of the greats. As a kid I would sky hook like Jabbar. When I played football I thought I was a cross between Jack Lambert and Joe Greene.
I liked the Pittsburgh Steelers as a kid, but my dad was a Cowboys fan. I would watch those Super Bowls between the Cowboys and Steelers. I'd root for any team except for the team that my dad rooted for. That kept things competitive.
I really enjoyed those years as a kid. Along the way I took a liking to football, I guess primarily because I would get into a basketball game and I'd foul out. One day the coach said to me, “ Leonard, this is a great sport but it's just not for you. You score 25 points then you foul out every game in the 3rd quarter. I really think you should look into doing something else. I suggest that you go out for the football team.” .. So I agreed with him, I did, and the rest is history.
One thing I do remember as a kid was watching the Cowboys and Steelers play and I told my dad, “I watch and see how you cheer for these players, how you watch these teams, and watch these great plays. One day you’re going to watch me do this on TV just like these guys.” He would tease me, going.. “Yea right, sure, Yea right…You’re going to do that? Yea, right, okay...” … So when I had a chance to do that and he saw it happen at LSU, his eyes really opened up and he said, “Wow, my son can really do this..” ..
At one time LSU had four guys from my high school on the same defense. In 1979 there was one particular game that had Michael Johnson, Lyman Dan White, Greg Bowser, and myself on the field. All four of us played football together at Franklin High School. I thought that was kind of cool.
There was another Franklin Alumni who played at LSU before us named Clinton Burrell. He had a successful career at LSU and went on to play for the Cleveland Browns. After, he stayed and worked in the Baton Rouge area and did well for himself. That's what laid the playing field for me in terms of what I wanted to do with myself after high school.
Q - So, I guess that kind of answered this next question,.... Did you play multiple sports at Franklin High School?
Leonard - Yes, I played multiple. I played football and track and field. I did track so I could get stronger and faster in the off season. I would run with the track team and throw the shot put.
I'd get in the weight room to get bigger and stronger so I could be more competitive and stay around the coaches so they could see what I was doing. I just wanted to continue on improving my skills as well as improving in the classroom. The biggest thing to me was to make sure I had what I needed in the classroom in order to get a shot to go play Division 1 football.
Q - Can you tell us a little about your high school career?
Leonard - It was pretty interesting in high school. When I was going to Franklin High, we were a 4A school because we pulled in kids from all over St.Mary Parish. Several little sugarcane farming towns and some of these kids were huge. We would have at least 100 kids come out for the football team. Our football team was very competitive.
I played center on the varsity team as a freshman. My sophomore year we made the playoffs and played Istrouma High but lost. That was Lyman Dan White’s senior year. Our next season we won our District and went deep into the playoffs before getting beat. That was Michael Johnson’s and Greg Bowser’s senior year. My senior year, we were good, we weren't great. If I remember correctly we finish the season 7-3. I made All-District and Honorable Mention All-State. Seven guys signed scholarships from that team to go on and play college football. I thought that was pretty good especially from Franklin, Louisiana.
Obviously I was the biggest name on the team and I signed the biggest scholarship. I turn down
some great schools and great teams like Alabama and Oklahoma to go to LSU. It was a big deal. When I look back on it, high school football was good to me. I had the grades and I had what I needed to be able to move on. My best opportunity was LSU.
Q - Can you tell us how your recruiting process went?
Leonard - Charlie Mac was the head coach at LSU when they recruited me. My mother had
Charlie Mac, Bear Bryant, Barry Switzer and Lucious Selmon in my house. Larry Smith with Tulane and Jackie Sherrell from Texas A&M also visited me. All these schools were after my talent, but the guy with that toothpick in his mouth and that hat cocked to the side won my father over. I said I was going to stay home and go to school in Baton Rouge.
Q - What made you choose LSU over all of the other schools recruiting you?
Leonard - I had a weekend visit to LSU and during that visit Lyman Dan White was my chaperone. He took me everywhere. We went to parties where I met some of the basketball players, some guys from the track and field team, and they all told me how things were around the campus and in the dorms. I had loads of fun with them.
I was told when you go there as a freshman they take care of you. They make sure you go
to class. They make sure you have what you need. They make sure you eat three meals a day. They work the s**t out of you. You definitely have to earn it.
I was told I was going to enjoy playing big time college football here in front of 80,000 people every week that love and worship the purple and gold. You really need to see it to experience it.
I chose to go watch LSU play Colorado in the season opener and thought, “Wow, one day that could be me. Maybe this is a great opportunity for me.” ..
At the time Coach Lynn LeBlanc was my recruiter. Coach Hamlin and Don ‘Scooter’ Purvis was on the staff. I took a liking to Coach Purvis because he was so little. He use to always pick at me and tease me. I felt so comfortable at LSU because they were all cut from the same cloth I was cut from and we spoke the same language. I understood what they wanted from me and I expected high expectations from them. Then after meeting some amazing alumni and supporters of the program, they had all won me over. I made my decision. This is where I want to go. This is what I want to do. I want to play big time football on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Q - Can you tell us how you and the team handled the firing of Coach McClendon, the news of Coach Bo Rein dying in a plane crash, and then Jerry Stovall becoming your next head coach?
Leonard - When they fired Coach McClendon I was really hurt. I think most of the players were hurt, especially us freshmen being the last class that he would recruit at LSU.
Malcolm Scott and I took a couple of recruiting trips together before choosing LSU. Scott was someone who I admired and was one of the first I went to after Coach McClendon was fired to ask him what he was going to do. We actually talked about transferring to go play for someone else. Especially after Coach Rein died in a plane crash and then they hired Jerry Stovall. None of us knew anything about Jerry Stovall. We thought it was crazy that they hired someone who never had big time coaching job at a college.
It was a big challenge for me as well as other freshmen from my recruiting class, to decide whether we wanted to stay or go which included Lawrence Williams, Ramsey DarDar, Albert Richardson, Tim Joiner, and myself.
I never got to meet Bo Rein. We were supposed to meet with him for the first time at 12 noon the day after the plane crash. That morning we heard that his plane crashed and that he died in the accident. We just couldn’t understand it or make heads or tails of it.
When Coach Stovall came in the guys were very resistant towards him. They were open to learning from him but he came in with this attitude that he was going to shake things up. It took awhile for everyone to get comfortable with him.
I dove into my position coach who I really wanted to learn from. I thought Coach LeBlanc was a good coach, but I felt like he really didn’t teach us technique at the next level. There is a technical way of playing the game as a defensive lineman. When Pete Jenkins took the job to coach the defensive line at LSU I immediately became a fan and a good player for him. We were able to build trust in each other. That's when I really learned what coaching is. Coaching is just like parenthood. It’s a man learning how to trust a young man and then trusting that young man to perform a task, to do a job, and to do it to the best of his ability.
I made that my business to be that guy for Pete Jenkins. I made it my business to be a guy that he can trust. I made it my business to be a leader on and off the football field, in study hall, in the classroom, around the campus and in the community. I did that during my final three years at LSU. I was the MVP of the team at the end of the 1982 season primarily because of the respect that I earned from the players as well as the coaching staff.
Our coaching staff took a major liking to me. I knew each one of them and trusted each one of them. From Coach Morris, to Coach Williams, to Coach Harris, to Coach Jenkins, to Coach Belu, to Mack Brown, to Buddy Nix, to John Anderson, John Purdy and all the way down to Jeff Boss our equipment manager.
All those guys knew me as ‘Big Chief’ because they knew I earned the respect of all the players on the team and I respected them. If I didn’t respect you on the team there was a reason why. Either I didn’t think you worked hard enough to earn my respect or felt that you didn't contribute enough to earn my respect. I was fair but straight to the point and I was that way with everyone. I gave the entire defense credit for my MVP award in 1982. It was an honor to be their leader and the guy that they could all rally around. I loved them all and still love them all today. They worked their ass off for us to be the best and we would tell each other every week that we were going to be the best in the Country. We wanted to make sure that everyone we played were scared to play us.
Q - Can you tell us about some of your favorite moments as a LSU Tiger?
Leonard - My freshman year I can tell you my favorite game was when we played USC. We lost 17-12. The game was a lot closer than the score. We played them so tough. We had a two-quarterback system with David Woodley and Steve Ensminger. Our receivers were Carlos Carson and Willie Turner (Who has since past away). Greg LaFluer was our tight end. Hokie Gajan was our running back. We had a hell of a defense. Lyman Dan White, John Adams, Benjy Thibodeaux, Tommy Frizzell, Chris Williams, Willie Teal, James Britt, Alvin Thomas.
I’ll always remember that team. We made it to the Tangerine Bowl. I got some money out of it, a nice piece of luggage that I saved for a long time, got a wrist watch out of it. We won the Bowl Game beating Wake Forest. That was a fond memory.
Another fond memory was during my senior year when we had the #1 defense in the Country and we went to play Florida who was the #4 team in the Country with the #1 offense in the Country. We completely annihilated them in The Swamp. I took one of their quarterbacks out. I had a big game. We really put it on them. Dalton Hilliard had a big game as The Dalton/James Gang got started. Alan Risher had a great game that day. Mike Montz had a great day. We introduced Malcom Scott to the nation that day. It was such a big game for us.
Another big game for us that year was beating the living s**t out of Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. I think we scored 45 points and we held them to negative yardage all day.
We beat Alabama at Alabama. I had a big game in that one as well. Every time Alabama took a snap we had eleven white jerseys swarming around the ball. I’ll never forget, we were going into the locker room at halftime and I could hear Coach Bryant saying, “If we don’t find a way to block #97, I’m going to just tell him that he can just live in our back field for the rest of the day and we’ll be fine with it!" .. Coach Jenkins nudged me on the way in and asked if I heard Coach Bryant and said, “They have to deal with your ass! Did you hear that?” We beat them so badly. It was a bad day for Bama.
Then I remember the orange game. Beating Florida State at home 55-21. Our defense tore them up. The offense score a s**t load of points. I’ll never forget that the fans were throwing oranges because with that win, we won the Orange Bowl bid to play Nebraska. That was a huge day for us. It was one of the happiest days of my life because I never got a chance to play for a championship in high school and that just felt like my championship at least until I got to the next level.
Those days at LSU were great because I got a chance to play for Coach Jenkins who I love dearly. I got to give Jerry Stovall what I promised to give him as a player, which was to give him everything I had to help us be the best football team that we could be. Coach Stovall always tried to instill that in that group of guys. To be the best that you can be with the God given ability that you were blessed with.
Q - Can you tell us about your NFL Draft process and then talk about your NFL career?
Leonard - In 1983 I was drafted by the Giant. I was living in an apartment off of Gardere Lane while I was getting ready for the combine. I was working my tail off trying to get ready for the next level.
I started to get phone calls from teams and was starting to travel a lot to visit some teams. I would sit in meetings with coaches, watch game film, and talk about defensive line play. Talk about different schemes. Talk about what I learned from Coach Jenkins, how good LSU was to me, and what I thought I could bring to their football team.
I had visits with the Eagles, the Lions, the Raiders, and made three visits with the Giants. I had no idea who was going to pick me, but I had a gut feeling it was going to be the Giants. I took a lot of calls on draft day, some in the first round. Finally I get the call from the Giants in the second round. I went to three different combines to work out for all these teams. I'll never forget meeting
players like Darrell Green and Richard Dent. Dent was my roommate on one of the trips. I went on a couple of recruiting trips with Eric Dickerson and I got to see him again. Got to meet and become friends with Darryl Talley. I also met Jim Jeffcoat and Reggie White. You just get to meet so many different players. You keep those memories and you know you're going to see those guys again.
After I got drafted I went ahead and told myself, “Okay Leonard, looks like you have finally
arrived now.” .. You’re in the same class with all these great athletes, meeting all these guys and they are all pretty cool. Now I’m going to get a chance to play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom. Think about how blessed you are to be able to do that. It was a big deal to me.
I’m home in my condo with my girlfriend and the Giants call me. I look at her and say, “We are going to New York girl!” .. I was so excited and thinking this is the greatest thing since sliced bread to come into my life. It really was indicative of the work and the energy that I put in at LSU.
Everything that Jerry Stovall told me would happen, happened. Everything that Pete
Jenkins wished for me and my family happened. What Coach Jenkins instilled in me as a player, as a young man and the integrity that he blessed me with was just unbelievable. Today I really owe that man a lot for what he did in helping me become a man and helping me leave a legacy behind at LSU, in the LSU Hall of Fame, in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and in New York with the New York Giants.
As my NFL career began I made sure that every time I stepped out on the field they knew I was from Franklin, Louisiana and made sure that they knew I went to Louisiana State University.
My rookie year was tough because I really didn't grasp the knowledge of what it took to call yourself a pro. I thought I could do just what I did in college. Be big, be strong, be fast, be smart and guys would quit. I had to come to realize that on this next level everyone was big, strong, and fast and could play their ass off. So after my rookie year I worked my ass off. I told myself, “Leonard, you’re going to be the best football player that you can be and I'm going use everything in my power, body, mind, and spirit to be the best I can .
I'll never forget that off season Bill Parcells came to me and asked what he could do to help me become a better ball player. I told him to hire a damn good strength coach who will give me a chance to get bigger, faster, stronger and help me learn this game better. He told me he would take me on in that challenge.
He interviewed four different guys for the position. One of them happened to be a guy that was the strength and conditioning coach at LSU during my freshman year named Johnny Parker. Coach Parcells came to me and asked, “Leonard, I’m going to give this guy Parker a chance. Am I making a mistake or what?”
I said, "No you're not coach and here's why. If you hire Johnny Parker one of two things are going to happen. Guys are going to show up everyday and work their ass off and become a player or he is going to run their ass off. And when I say run their ass off, he will physically run their ass off. This guy believes in working out. He believes in a player getting bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter. He believes in a guy pulling himself immersed into the program. When I say that I mean the program is bigger than anything else going on in his life. It's bigger than any travel plans that they have in the off season. It's bigger than their wife and kids. It's bigger than any vacation plans he has laid out for his family. Bigger than any family reunion. It's got to be bigger than anything else that is going on in your life. It becomes your priority."
When Parker got the job I told him, “I'm going to be the first guy in your weight room and the last guy to leave. Together I want to win three Super Bowls. I want to end up in three or four Pro Bowls. I want my name to be enshrined in Canton one day, and I want it all because I work my ass off for you."
Then I added, "I want to deliver a great product to the fans in the city of New York that they have been expecting for years. I'm surrounded by two great players, in Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor. I'm going to help make them better football players and they're going to help me become a better football player.”
Exactly what I said is exactly what happened. In 1984 I was the second-best defensive player
on the team behind Lawrence Taylor.
In 1985 I was the best defensive player on the team. I was the Defensive Lineman of the Year and I led the NFL in quarterback sacks for eleven weeks and finished with 17.5 sacks.
In 1986 I repeated as Defensive Lineman of the Year and NFC Defensive Lineman of the Year.
I had 12.5 sacks and had 99 tackles. Lawrence Taylor had 21 sacks and we made our second Pro Bowl together.
Everything that I wanted pro football to be, I turned and made the pro football experience mine. I made it mine because I brought it to what Bill Parcells wanted for me which was to make me a tougher, hard-nosed football player.
What Bill Belichick brought to me, which was an integrable, smart football player who trusted what he saw, believe half of what he heard, worked his ass off in the course of a daytime, in a ball game, and in and out of that locker room.
I think I was the hardest-working player on our football team for at least eight or nine of the ten years I was with the Giants. That was all due to Johnny Parker, Bill Parcells, Lamar Leachman, Bill Belichick, and Lenny Fontes. Guys like that understood me and realize how much pride I had in the game and wanted to be the best at it.
After my 10th season with the Giants I joined the Jets for a year, then went to Washington for a season, then retired. The beauty of it is that I got two Super Bowl rings. I played in two or three of the greatest football games I've ever played in in my life.
Beating the Redskins three times in 1986 and then going on to play in the Super Bowl in front of 109,000 people in Pasadena was awesome.
One of the biggest games was the NFC championship in 1990. My big play on Joe Montana was one of the biggest reasons that we were able to win and go to our second Super Bowl. It was a big deal for me back in those days.
Q - Can you tell us what it was like to win two Super Bowls?
Leonard - To get to a level where you get to play in the Super Bowl is amazing. To be able to do it with a group of guys who are respected and that I’ve respected and to learn from them in our locker room along the way for all the weeks leading up to it was incredible. To watch the maturity of our team from me joining Carl Banks to watching me join Pepper Johnson to Gary Reasons and to several others who I’ve played with. It’s just a blessing that I had a chance to be a part of that All-Star group of players. You know how good you could be and that you have a chance to win something.
After we got beat by the Bears 1995 we all took a long look at ourselves in the mirror and we took a deep look inside of each other and at each other. We all said to ourselves, that we are better than what we just displayed and we are going to get a second chance to prove it. The world is going to know just how good we were and how good we are.
We collectively had that chance to live in that moment and it is the fondest memory that I have. I've never been that tight with a group of guys since my LSU defense in 1982. To play opposite of Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor, two Hall of Famers, taught me what it's like to be that kind of player. More importantly, they made me want to be that kind of player and I think I made them that much better as well.
It was a beautiful thing to work with those guys. It was like poetry in motion to watch us work together. We worked our asses off to be good, we really did. We worked our asses off to be good and to be remembered as some of the best to ever play the game.
Q - Which Super Bowl victory was your favorite? Blowing out Denver 39-20, or Winning against Buffalo 20-19 when Norwood misses the field goal on the last play of the game?
Leonard - Beating Denver 39-20 in the way that we beat them has to be the most satisfying out of the two. The most memorable was beating Buffalo because it was the last second win, winning by one point. Buffalo was probably the best team in the league that year and had a chance at greatness. They ran the table on everybody else. They just couldn't beat the New York Giants.
Q - Who were some of your favorite Quarterbacks to sack?
Leonard - All of them were fun to play against and sack. John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Danny White, Troy Aikman, Todd Blackledge, Boomer Esiason, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Neil Lomax, Steve Pelluer, Gary Danielson, Joe Theisman to name a few.
In 1985 I sacked Randall Cunningham six times between two different games.
The best game I had with the most sacks was in Super Bowl XXI. I sacked John Elway 2.5 times, twice myself and shared another with Lawrence Taylor and I had nine tackles in the game. It was probably the greatest game by a defensive lineman in Super Bowl history. There actually was an article written that said if Phil Sims wouldn’t have gone 22-25 passing, I probably would have been the MVP of the game. We won 39-20 and I had a monster game.
I sacked Jim Kelly in Super Bowl XXV, which was the only sack in the ball game.
I’m third all-time in QB sacks in Giants history, only behind Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor. I still don't know why I'm not in their Ring of Honor. I still don't know why I'm not in Canton. I’m the only 3-4 defensive lineman with over 80 quarterback sacks in a career. I had over 750 tackles in my career. It’s just some of the politics of football that I don’t understand. Maybe one day I’ll get my just-do.
Q - What have you been doing since your retirement from the NFL?
Leonard - Since then it's been all private business. I’m an Serial Entrepreneur. So I invest in projects and sometimes I get behind a company. In certain cases I use my brand to partner with the company to build up business and help it get successful. Right now I'm involved in the CBD business. I'm selling CBD Countrywide. I'm also involved in the construction industry in the Northeast. I have a company by the name of Marshall-Procida. I build affordable multi-housing. I’m building units in Harlem, Brooklyn and Detroit. I just finished one in the Bronx. That's what I have a passion for doing.I'm opening up a coffee concept In New Jersey called 'Joe Zone' pretty soon. Joe Zone is a Sports and entertainment eatery where you can drink specialty teas, coffees, and fruit juice drinks in a sports environment while eating really good food. It's almost like Starbucks meets Buffalo Wild Wings except there is no alcohol. A place to get great juices, great salads and to eat loads of healthy food with tons of TVs and arcade games for kids to play. Go to JoeZone.com to see what kind of place it is.
Q - Have you lived in New York since your retirement from the NFL?
Leonard - I lived in Boca Raton, Florida. I have a 24 year old daughter, Arianna Nicole Marshall, who lives in Florida with her mother and has graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Finance and works in her industry. My son, Victor M. Nazario Marshall, is 29 year old, lives in New Jersey and is a graduate of Georgetown University. He is a licensed tax attorney in Florida, Washington DC, and New Jersey.
I live in New Jersey but I do have a residence in Florida. I love to be able to go back and forth. I love the beach and the weather in Florida. I like the grind and the toughness of the Northeast and I like the business minds of the people in the Northeast. I try to get the best of both worlds.
My friends are extremely diverse. I have friends that are Jewish, Indian, Italian, Irish, Greek, Russian, German, French, Venezuelan, Argentina, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, .. What I love about living in New York is that it's like one big bag of M&Ms and I enjoy them all. My best friend, who I've known for 37 years, is as Irish as the day is long. A gentleman by the name of Timothy Pine. He owns a company in Pompano Beach Florida called Broward Aviation Group. He was also my best man this past November. I just got remarried on November 9th 2019 to my lovely, Lisa Ann Norcia Marshall. We have been together for twelve years and I’m just loving life.
Q - Is there anything that you want to tell the LSU fans?
Leonard - Thank you so much for the blessing and the opportunity. The love and the support
that you gave me as a player on the field and as a student in the classroom. I also want to thank all of the people who have touched my life at LSU. All of the coaches and professors. Thank you for taking this kid from Franklin, Louisiana under your wing and looking after me, making sure that you pointed me in the right direction. I hope that I have honored all of them with my accomplishments. Thank You!