By David Otero
Grayson Laurino is a dynamic player for the LIU Post football team as he has played wide receiver and punter throughout his entire collegiate career for the Pioneers. He even played quarterback Week 8 of this season against East Stroudsburg University. In the 2011 season, Laurino was a member of the ECAC All-Star Team and the PSAC East First Team. Last year he caught 33 passes for 443 yards and three touchdowns. As a punter he averaged 37.5 yards in 64 chances as the punter. This season, Laurino has 27 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown catch.
Q: What was your personal best moment (career highlight) as a member of the Pioneers?
A: I have been very lucky to have had a very successful career for the Pioneers but, I don’t know if I have a career highlight. I have had many great punts and great catches during my career. One moment that I will never forget as a Pioneer is the day my brother signed to play here. Not very many people have an opportunity to play with their brother. We have a very special connection on and off the field and I was ecstatic when he decided to join me as a Pioneer.
Q: What was the most memorable game you were a part of as a member of LIU?
A: Two games standout for me. The first game is last year’s win against Shippensburg. We had started the season off 0-3 and were really struggling as a team. Shippensburg was a very good opponent and many players had doubts in their mind about our talent. We played an exceptional game capitalizing on all three phases of the game and were able to turn our season around. The second game was last year against Bloomsburg in the blizzard. Bloomsburg was ranked #2 in the nation and the snow heavily favored their style of play. We shut them down and came out on top in a very close game.
Q: What has being a Pioneer meant to you?
A: Being a Pioneer has been extraordinary. My coaches and teammates have changed my life forever. This program and school will forever be in my heart.
Q: What are you going to miss most about LIU Post?
A: Football. Coaches. Teammates. The atmosphere. The Fans. Home Games. The list could go on and on.
Q: If you could be a part of any NFL team who would it be with and why?
A: I would be grateful to be part of any NFL team. If I had to choose it would be the Patriots, being able to play with Tom Brady would be unbelievable. For the record, I am a JETS fan.
Q: What do you hope to do in the future after this season?
A: My desire is to continue my football career as long as possible. When my playing days come to an end I would like to work for a professional sports team and eventually coach.
Q: Most memorable quote/best piece of advice you’ve heard while being a member of the Pioneers?
A: “Perfection is an Understatement.” -The Gillas