Leonard Fournette 'hopped out of bed' to help Hurricane Irma victims

Fournette helps unload hurricane relief supplies (0:32)

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette does his part to help Jacksonville recover from Hurricane Irma by unloading supplies trucked from Houston. (0:32)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Leonard Fournette was asked if he would like to help hand out supplies at a hurricane shelter, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back never hesitated.

He just asked when and where.

"As soon as they told me, I hopped out of bed," Fournette said. "This is our off day, so why not?

"I wish somebody would have done it for us when I was a kid."

Fournette helped members of the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office, the Jacksonville Food Bank, the American Red Cross, and National Guard troops unload a truck full of supplies at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex and Legends Center on the northwest side of Jacksonville. The supplies were donated by the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and were delivered Tuesday night.

Fournette also donated several boxes of shoes and shirts.

After helping unload the truck, Fournette spent some time with people at the shelter, signing autographs and visiting with people who had to evacuate their homes because of Hurricane Irma. There are still parts of the city that are dealing with severe flooding. As of 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, there were still more than 112,000 homes or businesses without power in Duval County.

Fournette empathizes with those impacted by Irma because of what he experienced as a child. He and his family were forced to evacuate their Slidell, Louisiana, home in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina. The family spent four days and five nights living on the Interstate 10 bridge in Claiborne, Louisiana, and had to loot a local convenience store for food and water.

"I wanted to give back," said Fournette, who donated $50,000 on Aug. 30 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. "It's something that's natural for me, [to] give back to the community. A lot of people are going through hard times right now, so why not?"

Fournette said he wanted to repay some of the kindness he experienced in the aftermath of Katrina.

"When we went to Texas [after the hurricane], people were giving us a lot of things," Fournette said. "Walmart card to get clothes on our body, food for our families and for ourselves, so this most definitely brings back a lot of memories of when I was a kid."