Meet Josh LaGrone
April 9, 2009
Josh LaGrone may come from an athletic family, but he does not take for granted the fact that he is still able to play the game. During his high school career, he tore his ACL while playing basketball and could no longer play, but he never gave up on his love for football. He persevered through his injury and was able to recover and to continue his football dreams at Oregon State along the side of his older brother, Matt.
What was it like growing up in a family filled with college athletes?
It was always motivating knowing that I had older brothers making the way easier for me. Knowing that my brothers and I all have the same common goal is fun.
After greyshirting two years ago and redshirting last season, what are you looking forward to this season?
This season I am looking forward to playing mostly. I’m a competitor so I will always compete whether I’m a greyshirt, a redshirt, starting or non-starting. I am looking forward to just competing with the other safeties and on special teams.
What is it like having your brother here now?
It has made it a lot easier moving away from my family. We have always been a tight family of brothers with five of us, so having him here made it easier and more fun on the field and off.
My freshman and sophomore year of high school I was actually more of a basketball player than football player, but then I tore more ACL and I completely stopped playing basketball. I like football more, just because I like it better.
Who will win Super Bowl 2010?
I am going to have to say the New England Patriots. That team is just too stacked. It hurts to see anyone get a knee injury because I have gone through it, but (Tom Brady) is just a great quarterback.
Why Oregon State?
Mostly the coaches. Our coaching staff is all good guys, on and off the field and they are respectful to us. The team just reminded me of my brothers. They’re so close and always there for each other ... and we win.
What is it like playing for Coach Riley?
It’s fun. He is always happy; he is always motivating. He is a great guy, a great coach and I respect him for who he is.
What team are you looking forward to playing against in the Pac-10?
I am definitely looking forward to playing USC because it is close to home, so I’ll have a lot of family at that game.
Any pregame rituals?
Mostly pray before every game. Just get some time alone and pray.
What talent would you most like to have?
I would love to play the piano.
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