Thursday, April 5, 2012
For the second year in a row, St. John the Baptist Parish honored one of its own as a National Football League (NFL) Champion. Ryan Perrilloux, a LaPlace native and star football player for the East St. John Wildcats, Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers, Jacksonville State University Gamecocks, and the 2012 New York Giants NFL Championship team was honored with a day in his name. February 5, 2012, the day the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, was proclaimed as “Ryan Perrilloux Day”.
Perrilloux began his football career at the early age of six participating in Pee Wee football with NOAH and Heat. He was the star quarterback at East St. John High School for the 2001 through 2004 football seasons. He ended his high school career being named District MVP, Metro MVP, Mr. Football for the State of Louisiana, USA Today’s Offensive Player of the Year, and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Perrilloux attend LSU on a football scholarship where he won his first National Football Championship in 2007. He transferred to Jacksonville State University (JSU) in 2008 and led his team to an 8-3 record. In his final season at JSU, he was named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Walter Peyton Award. Perrilloux was signed to the New York Giants practice squad in 2011 and remained there as a member of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI Championship Team. “I love being with the guys,” he said. “It is a true blessing to be playing a sport I love so much at the national level. We all worked hard to get here and it is a very memorable and honorable experience,” he added.
“We are very proud of Ryan’s accomplishments and dedication to the sport he loves. It is with great pleasure that we recognize him and continue to support him in his future endeavors. He is another successful athlete who started his playing career in St. John Parish,” stated Parish President Natalie Robottom.
When asked for advice to children who look up to him, Ryan said, “I have learned that I can only control myself; I cannot control others. But, if you put forth all you have - at the end of the day, you will succeed. Don’t let anyone stop you from succeeding! Anything is possible.”