Each month Eastbay is highlighting a top high school athlete by spotlighting their accomplishments both in and outside the game. This month’s winner is All State wide receiver Griffin LaRue from Richland High School in Johnstown, PA.
For Griffin, football is more than a game – it’s everything to him. And he backs that up with hard work and dedication. Now in his last year at Richland High, Griffin is getting ready to take his game to the next level, and he can’t wait to see what happens next. Here’s what he told us about being the thrill of competing, being a role model, and what he hopes for the future:
What is your definition of a successful student-athlete?
My definition of a successful student-athlete is a student who can excel in the classroom day in and day out, and still achieve all their goals and dreams on field.
What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far, and what makes that moment stand out for you?
I would say the highlight of my athletic career so far is definitely my first offer. That moment gave me indescribable happiness!
Who is your role model in athletics?
My role model would definitely have to be LaRod Stephens-Howling. Growing up and playing football in the same town in the same city as I am currently and still making it to the league and winning a Super Bowl is beyond crazy and inspiring to me.
How important is it to you to be a role model for younger athletes?
It’s extremely important to me, especially with me having two younger siblings that look up to everything I do and take after me. Growing up with two older brothers, I always looked up to them and followed in their footsteps, and I want to guide my younger siblings and young student-athletes in the correct direction.
What do you love most about competing?
What I love most about competing is the intensity. When I line up across from someone, I think in my head “It’s my family vs. their’s” and I’ll choose mine any day of the year.
What are some of the goals you’d like to achieve after high school, and what are you most looking forward to?
My biggest out-of-this-world goal is to someday have a gold jacket on, but that’s me shooting for the stars. But I truly just want to be different and make a name for myself and to prove everyone that doubted me wrong. One thing I’m extremely excited for and looking forward to is just going to college in general. I feel like college will be a whole new world for me, and especially with football on top of it I feel I will learn so much.
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