Ryan Perrilloux hasn’t had the smoothest football career for a player with a national title and a Super Bowl ring but he’s to be lauded for his latest accomplishment.
The former LSU quarterback graduated from Jacksonville State this morning. Perrilloux required his own private commencement because he spent 2011 on the practice squad of the New York Giants.
Waived, re-signed and released again throughout the year, Perrilloux still adds another championship to his collection.
And in 2012, the Giants are interested in seeing whether he can win the job as Eli Manning’s backup.
College football fans have been familiar with the Louisiana talent since his high school days. Perrilloux committed to Texas during the summer before his senior year but switched to LSU on Signing Day.
He had a turbulent stay in Baton Rouge. The highlight was starting and winning the 2007 SEC Championship while filling in for the injured Matt Flynn. Perrilloux posted an MVP performance and his Tigers later added a BCS Championship.
But his tenure ended soon after as Les Miles dismissed the quarterback in May 2008 for a litany of issues (skipping workouts, team meetings and reportedly failing a drug test).
Perrilloux transferred to Jacksonville State and won Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2009 but wasn’t drafted after completing his eligibility.
A season in the UFL followed. He’s remained steady now in his third-string role for the Giants and judging by the commitment to obtaining his degree, matured as well.
Perhaps, like too many, Ryan Perrilloux needed time. With a diploma in tow, there’s a life to be had after professional football.