From the classroom to the gridiron: Apollos safety Brutus has unfinished business
By Tom Alexander, Orlando Apollos Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO — Lamarcus Brutus, like many players in Orlando Apollos training camp, has unfinished business with the game of football. The former Florida State University safety spent time with the Tennessee Titans in 2016 as a rookie free agent, but was cut before the season began.
Since then he’s been teaching, first at his alma mater, Treasure Coast High School, in his hometown of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and most recently at Julius West Middle School in Rockville, Maryland. There, Brutus taught middle schoolers who have emotional disabilities.
He says he enjoyed teaching, but when the Orlando Apollos called, Brutus answered.
“I definitely had to stop playing football before I wanted to, with getting cut by the Titans, but I love the game of football, been playing it since I was 10-years-old, so when the opportunity came, I couldn’t let it pass,” Brutus says.
Because he’s away at training camp for a month, Brutus had to leave his teaching job to pursue his dream of playing professional football.
“My boss understood. He was very supportive, the staff was very supportive,” he said..
His students were supportive, too, even if they were sad to see him go. It wasn’t easy for Brutus to leave, either. Brutus said, “We have an influence on each other. We got closer as the days and the months went on, but at the same time, I think they understand. [The students think] my being a football player is more cool than being their teacher.”
Brutus plans to return to teaching whenever his football journey ends, and hopes to eventually become a guidance counselor so he can continue to have a positive impact on kids.
Lamarcus Brutus is one of 75 Orlando Apollos, all chasing their football dreams in the first-ever Alliance of American Football training camp in San Antonio. The Apollos will cut the roster to 52 players before heading back to Orlando, where they’ll host the Atlanta Legends Saturday, February 9, at Spectrum Stadium on the UCF campus. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/ApollosTix