THE NAME LAROCCA WAS ONCE LEGENDARY AROUND HOUSTON FOOTBALL CIRCLES
But that was over 25 years ago.
Josh LaRocca shocked the college football landscape when he quarterbacked the Rice Owls to a win over the mighty Texas Longhorns in 1994. The 19-17 win snapped nearly a 30-year Texas winning streak.
"I don't give my dad much credit," Owen LaRocca jokes. "But I guess that was a pretty big deal. If you don't know about trying to be a high-level athlete, it's hard to understand. He understands and has taught me to never be satisfied. He knows how much work it takes. When I think I've had a pretty good day working out, he reminds me that I didn't do enough."
Josh earned some NFL training camp invites and played in NFL Europe for a few years before getting into commercial real estate.
Owen prefers the round ball, however.
"I grew up playing baseball until the seventh grade," Owen said. "Then I just got obsessed with basketball. I figured out that basketball would be something I would do every day since then. The adrenaline I would get while playing was awesome."
LaRocca dove into the AAU world as an eighth-grader and played for TNBT led by coach Eric Love. "I had a great coach who invested in me," he said. "The game just clicked, and I was in the gym five days a week and playing a bunch of games on the weekend. I figured out what I was good at and what I needed to work on."