"This is something I will cherish for a lifetime. I am honored to receive this award. I take great pride in everything I do, whether it is on the field, in the classroom or in the community. I want to thank my family, Coach Schiano and my teammates for everything. They have played a great role in my life," said Leonard after receiving the award.
But it didn't stop there. Leonard went on to receive, for the third consecutive year, Pro Football Weekly All-America honors. He was named First Team All-America by ESPN.com, and alongside Senior teammate Clark Harris was selected to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl. Leoanrd was also named All Big-East by Scout.com in 2006 and also received Scout.com All-America honors.
Leonard will become an instant legend at Rutgers. Stories will be told of his ability to run through, around, or leap over defenders, but undoubtedly most characteristic of his person was the step back he took in '06 toward that of a reduced glamour role, in order to help Rutgers Football achieve history.
Leonard talked about his years at Rutgers, the state of the Rutgers Football program and his best friend and teammate Raymell Rice after the conclusion of the Scarlet Knight's 37-10 victory over Kansas State.
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