Enzo Pepe Esposito will write a page in the history of Laval University’s Rouge et Or football program by becoming the first son to follow in his father’s footsteps.
The Limoilou Titans defensive end has confirmed his visit to Laval in the last few days.
An all-star player, his father, Francesco, wore the Rouge et Or colors from 1998 to 2000 before joining the coaching staff.
He notably caused a fumble late in the game to seal the victory of the first Vanier Cup in 1999, which earned him the title of defensive player of the game.
“Since I was very young, it has always been my dream to play for the Rouge et Or,” said Enzo. I grew up in the atmosphere of the Rouge et Or. I was a “water boy” for a few years when I was between 6 and 8 years old and my father was in charge of the special teams, but my interest dates back to further. It’s no coincidence that red is my favorite color. Everything was connected to Rouge et Or, which occupied a big place in my life. “
Before joining the Rouge et Or, however, the son had a question for head coach Glen Constantin, who will also be his position coach.
“I’m glad to be the first son of an alumnus to join Rouge et Or, but I wanted to make sure Glen didn’t recruit me because of my father’s exploits. Glen assured me that was not the case. It was important for me to be clear. I wanted to be recruited because of my potential and not because I was the son of a former player. “
A proud father
The father was very happy to see his son achieve his goal.
“It was this goal that motivated him all these years and kept him in school. It is already extraordinary that he was recruited. I’m super happy for him, and proud, as a father. It’s going to be fantastic if he gets the chance to play and contribute someday. “
Victim of a major knee injury in the second game of the 2019 season, Enzo feared that his dream would go up in smoke.
“When I got injured and realized I wouldn’t be playing my second college season, I had my doubts the Rouge et Or didn’t care about me. I wondered if I had the potential to play for Laval. “
Victim of a complete tear to the internal collateral ligament during a game against the Lévis Falcons, the defensive end was able to avoid the operation.
“In my bad luck, I was lucky that the internal collateral is the only ligament in the knee that rebuilds itself,” he explained. I played against Lennoxville in our only game this season and everything went well. I was wearing a brace and felt my knee strong. I felt confident. I kept my speed, which represents my strength. “
“It was very difficult to learn that we would not have a season and the first thing I thought about was that I would never play with my friends Loïc Bédard and Nicolas Morin again,” he said. We had been playing together for eight years. “