Blake LaRussa explains decision for stepping away from football


PORTSMOUTH (WAVY) — He will always be remembered as the walk-on from Bishop Sullivan Catholic — who spent two years in pretty much a back-up role — and then led Old Dominion to an upset win over Virginia Tech.

Pegged to be the starting quarterback next season, Blake Larussa decided a few weeks ago that he is giving up football for a higher calling.

LaRussa will enroll in Seminary School to pursue a Masters in Divinity.

“My plan had always been to be a football coach after I’m done playing,” LaRussa told the Sportswrap in his first interview since it was announced last month.

“Then this past year, that all changed. I realized that I have a passion and a desire to go into ministry. It’s something that really just happened at the start of this year of wanting to go into full-time ministry. And then especially after the season, when I had time to take a step back, it was just more clear and more clear to me. I just new that this is what I needed to do right now.”

Blake was not shy about sharing his faith with his friends, teammates, even the media. And while he loved playing football, it wasn’t his first love.

“I think the excitement of moving on and know I’m going to where I’m doing something I want to do for the rest of my life, knowing that’s where God’s taking me, that excitement kind of overtook the sadness of  ‘Oh man I’m not going to be playing football anymore’.”

LaRussa will graduate Old Dominion in the spring and then attend Seminary School.

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