by Mark Clements
|Gregg Dubroc while at LSU|
November 10, 2010 – Like father, like son.
The old adage holds true for so many father/son pairs over time and is continuing to prove its validity – this time, through the Dubroc family.
The Dubroc name rings bells for many long time LSU football fans who remember Gregg Dubroc suiting up at linebacker.
For four years the former Tiger great started at outside linebacker for the LSU, and has passed on his talents to his son, Grant.
Grant, a Catholic High School senior, is following in his father’s footsteps and pursuing a collegiate football career as well.
While Gregg played fullback and linebacker in his days and Grant plays defensive back and wide receiver, Gregg says the two have more in common than one would think.
“I can very much relate to Grant and his playing career this far in playing several positions,” Gregg said. “I was recruited as a fullback by some schools and had never really played a whole lot of linebacker when I was high school. But when I came to LSU they put me at outside linebacker and I wound up starting as a true freshman.”
Gregg was considered the top recruit coming out of Louisiana back in his recruiting days. After taking visits to several big schools and meeting coaches of the likes of Bear Bryant, Greg chose LSU as his home.
Having gone through the recruiting process before, Gregg has done his best to guide his son as he follows a similar journey.
“Some of the qualities I’ve tried to pass on to him are being a team player, respecting the game, respecting your teammates and making sure you’re always giving 100 percent on and off the field and in all your endeavors,” Gregg said. “He’s very athletic and he has been able to play different positions. He starts on both sides and doing that in a 5A program is pretty impressive I think. You don’t see that very often.”
Gregg was also drafted by the Buffalo Bills who, at the time, had an All-Star coaching staff, including Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel.
Grant said he has taken his father’s advice throughout his football career, learning and picking up tips along the way.
“Obviously he has a very high passion for the game and he instilled that in me as a young man,” Grant said. “I’ve used that in my process and I’ve tried to emulate what he did earlier on in his career. My dad has helped me out in my recruiting process and since he’s been through it all, I take his advice on everything and try to make the best decisions on what he’s gone through.”
Despite playing different positions and encompasses two completely different skill sets, Gregg said the two also share a similar outlook on the game football and have mirroring mentalities.
“I was never as quick and as fast as he was,” Gregg said. “Physically, he is gifted differently than I was, but I think without a doubt he’s got my mental outlook on the game. He’s a student of the game and puts a lot of time in and has an awful lot of passion.”
Grant said he sees the similarities as well. Having learned the ins and outs of the games from his dad, Grant said the two share a similar motivation on and off the field.
“I think me and my dad have one in thing in common and that’s that we have a drive for the game,” Grant said. “We both shoot for perfection and we’re both perfectionists. I think we’re both level-headed. You’ve got to have that focus for the game and you can’t let things get out of hands and can’t let things distract you.”
Currently, Grant is being recruited as an athlete by several schools from the South, including McNeese, Northwestern State, and Southeastern.
|Gregg Dubroc during his high school days at John Curtis|
But the 5’10”, 170 pound senior named one school at the top of his list.
“South Alabama is definitely my top choice right now,” Grant said. “I’ll be going on a visit this Saturday to go watch a game and see the campus. Their coaches are very knowledgeable. They’ve really got it together and know a lot about the game and coach their players very well.”
Watching Grant go through the recruitment process brings back fond memories for Gregg in his days.
But Gregg also said he sees drastic differences in the way the entire process is done today.
“I think the biggest difference I see now days that you didn’t see coming up, is that the internet changes recruiting dramatically, I think in a positive fashion and in a negative fashion,” Gregg said. “In a positive fashion, I think it allows some players to get exposure they would have never gotten in the past if it wasn’t for that. But maybe in a not so positive fashion also, it can be a coach’s worst nightmare too. They can get too dependent on that and not necessarily roll up their sleeves like in the past and maybe get to know the players like they should.”
Overall, Gregg said he sees a bright future his son, and credited the staff at CHS for building Grant into the young man he is today.
“Grant has a great head on his shoulders,” Gregg said. “Catholic High takes young boys and builds young men out of them. He has great football IQ and he plays with an awful lot of passion for the game. When you have passion for the game, you’re always working real hard and Grant is a very very hard worker. He puts an awful lot of time in to be his best.”
With mirroring football mindsets, and similar goals and values, Gregg and Grant share more than just their genes.
Like father. Like son.