LSU football features NFL connections, from Randy Moss' son to Derek Stingley Jr.

Ben Leibowitz, Lafayette Daily Advertiser
LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan (15) hands the ball off to running back Lanard Fournette (27) during Saturday's game against Rice at Tiger Stadium.

LSU football fields a deep and talented team for the 2019 season. It also features connections to the National Football League at the skill positions.

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who now suits up in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, already had reason to follow his alma mater on Saturdays. But someone on the roster no doubt adds to that interest.

NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss, meanwhile, can now consider himself a Tigers fan even though he played his college ball at Marshall before racking up six Pro Bowls at the professional level primarily with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots.

Here's a closer look at LSU's connections to NFL stars:

Randy Moss' son, Thaddeus Moss

Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss, right, poses with a bust of himself and with his presenter, son Thaddeus Moss, during inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

"He has always told me that he's in my corner if I need him," Thaddeus Moss said of his famous football father. "For anything — life, school, football, relationships. But he's never been a helicopter parent, hovering over me. I know if I need him, he's there."

The younger Moss suits up at the tight end position, rather than wide receiver like his dad. Thaddeus recently transferred to LSU after struggling to find his niche at North Carolina State.

Aug 31, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws to tight end Thaddeus Moss (81) during the first quarter against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It's early in his Tigers career, but head coach Ed Orgeron had glowing things to say about him in training camp.

"Thaddeus has had a great camp," Orgeron said. "He can block. He's big and physical, catches the ball well, is very mature. He's made some tremendous catches. He has great hands. That's why I recruited him, because of his catching ability."

Thaddeus dealt with injuries early in his collegiate career, but he's looking to make an impact with the Tigers. He certainly has some big shoes to fill to live up to his dad's legacy, but he'll likely see greater opportunity in LSU's spread offense under offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.

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A Stingley family tradition

Derek Stingley Jr. has been a freshman sensation for LSU this season. It might not surprise you that professional sports runs in the family for him.

His father, Derek Stingley Sr., played college baseball at Triton College and was drafted in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the Phillies.

Derek Stingley Jr.'s grandfather, Darryl, played at Purdue and was the first round selection by the New England Patriots in 1973. He played 5 seasons in the NFL.

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Lanard, not Leonard, Fournette

No, it's not a typo. LSU's backfield just features a different Fournette in the form of Lanard Fournette, younger brother to Tiger-turned-Jaguar Leonard.

LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) warming up on November 5, 2016. BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE/ THE ADVERTISER

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Older brother definitely got excited to see younger brother get a carry in the season opener against Georgia Southern, as you can see via his Twitter:

Leonard's remarkable college career at LSU led to him being selected No. 4 overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft by Jacksonville.

Now, he's leading the cheering charge for the next era of runners named Fournette tasked with racking up yards on the ground for the Tigers.

Two years ago, a then-20-year-old Fournette ran into some off-the-field issues when he was arrested for using a fake ID to gamble at the L'Augerge Casino near the LSU campus.

He got off to a solid start on the field in 2019, however, rushing for a touchdown in the season opener.