The NFL is a realistic goal for very few people.
The overwhelming majority of college football players finish out their senior years, then move on with their lives.
But one player is quitting for a reason nobody saw coming.
America is getting more secular in a lot of areas.
New England and the West Coast, in particular, have seen a sharp decline in church attendance.
And it’s not by accident.
Most leftists have a visceral disdain for Christianity, and they aren’t afraid to express it.
Barack Obama once mocked Middle America for “clinging to their guns and religion,” as if either of those things should be ridiculed.
Faith and the right to bear arms are two of the main reasons America has resisted the tyranny that has plagued most of the globe.
Not only that, activists on the left do their best to stamp signs of religiosity anywhere they see them.
It’s easy to find mockery of Christians in film, television, and music.
Several high-profile cases involving Christian bakers and florists have sparked debates about religious freedom.
But the antagonism to religion is sparing to sports.
In Georgia, activists tried to bar a high school football coach from praying with his players.
Despite the ban, his players chose to pray with him by their own volition.
A Miami Dolphins cheerleader was strongly discouraged from discussing her religion.
Christian Major League Baseball player Daniel Murphy came under fire when he shared his views on gay marriage.
Tim Tebow became one of the most polarizing figures in sports because of his Christianity.
Rival teams mocked his on-field praying while members of the media rooted for him to fail.
The only time leftists tolerate Christians is when they say things that line up with their political agenda, such as Pope Francis speaking out in support of open borders.
But despite the growing hostility toward Christians in America, one college athlete is forgoing his college career to attend seminary school.
Old Dominion quarterback Blake LaRussa will skip out on his senior year because of his religious calling.
LaRussa released the following statement:
“It has been an incredible journey with Old Dominion football, but I would like to announce that I will be moving on from football after I graduate this spring and will be going into full-time ministry. This fall (2019) I will be going to seminary school to start my Master’s of divinity. I am so grateful for all my coaches and teammates who I have grown so close with these past four years.”
LaRussa’s football journey was unexpected,to say the least.
He was barely recruited at all and walked on at Old Dominion.
Early in the season, LaRussa took over for the injured starting quarterback and led the team to the biggest win in school history.
LaRussa threw for 495 yards and 4 touchdowns against the 13th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in a shocking 49-35 upset.
LaRussa’s faith and perseverance no doubt led to his success on the field.
Those traits should carry him well into the next phase of his life.
Some studies show that there is religious awakening happening among younger Americans.
The hedonistic secularism propagated by the left seems to be alienating a lot of people looking for meaning in their lives.
Hopefully, LaRussa can play a part in shaping a more moral future society.