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Starting College QB Is Retiring From Football

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A starting college football quarterback has decided to forego his final season of eligibility, but he won't be pursuing a professional career.

Old Dominion starting quarterback Blake LaRussa, who led his team to an upset victory over Virginia Tech, is leaving the program.

The quarterback will be transferring to a seminary school with plans to be a Christian minister.

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Old Dominion quarterback Blake LaRussa, a former walk-on who will forever hold a place in Monarch lore for leading a historic upset of Virginia Tech, is walking away, at the height of his career.

The redshirt junior from Bishop Sullivan Catholic announced Wednesday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enroll in seminary school.

"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," LaRussa said in a statement released by ODU. "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 threw for more than 3,000 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.

"I am confident entering this next chapter of my life and excited to pursue what I have always known to be my heart's greatest desire, and that is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and help people find hope," LaRussa said.