A member of the Georgia Tech football program is hanging up his cleats.
This week, Yellow Jackets punter Grant Aasen announced he will be quitting the football team to enter priesthood. Aasen announced his decision to enter the seminary in an interview with RamblinWreck.com.
“I didn’t plan on it, it really didn’t even cross my mind when I came to college. [It was] about two years ago I started considering it,” said Aasen. “The past year, I’ve kind of known that that was where I was going to end up going. I visited Notre Dame over spring break with my dad and that kind of started the ball rolling.
“I really didn’t make my final decision until last weekend right before I told Coach [Paul] Johnson,” he continued. “He’s been very positive, so that did help a lot. That’s where God’s calling me to go. He’s calling me to go now and not next year. I love football. If I wasn’t going to seminary, I’d be coming back — there’d be no question about it. I just know that at some point I just realized, I’m called to go. This is where God wants me to go right now and I can’t really do much else but to kind of say ‘yes’ to that and put everything else to the side.”
Aasen is certainly a compelling character and it will be interesting to see where the next step in his journey takes him.