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Patrick Towles Starts New Life as Missionary

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Life after football takes players on many different routes.  Patrick Towles is taking one less traveled.  In a blog post released on Twitter, the former Kentucky quarterback announced he has quit his job to become a Catholic missionary.

“My path to accepting this job was all but ordinary,” Towles wrote. “It included lots of ups, lots of downs, low amounts of clarity, and a whole lot of trust. Although I don’t think anyone who decides to quit their job, leave their home, or shelf the expectations that they had for their life to be all the way sane either.”

The 2011 winner of Kentucky’s Mr. Football award, Towles was UK’s primary starting quarterback in 2014 and 2015.  He finished his UK career with 5,099 passing yards to rank sixth in school history.  A graduate transfer to Boston College for his final season, he helped lead the Eagles to a Quick Lane Bowl victory in his final game.

Once his NFL aspirations fizzled, Towles stayed on the gridiron.  Last season he returned to the Bluegrass as a volunteer coach at Paris High School.  His day job was at a bank, but that did not fulfill his calling.

“The Lord was calling me back to Mission,” he said.

Towles’ mission is to help people who wear shoes he once wore.  He will serve for an organization called FOCUS in their Varsity Catholic group.  The group says their missionaries “mentor college athletes within their demanding schedules, teaching them to glorify God in their sport and in their daily lives.”

Congrats to Towles for finding his calling, and for being brave enough to choose a path in life many are too afraid to follow.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 responses to “Patrick Towles Starts New Life as Missionary”

  1. krautdog

    Congratulations to a fine young man & athlete. Best of luck on your new direction. I wish you the best life has to offer!

  2. secrick

    Good luck Patrick and keep smiling. GOD BLESS

  3. JC3

    Nick, Very nice post indeed. Thank you! What a great young man Patrick has turned out to be. GOD bless him on his journey. JC

  4. dgtuk

    Very proud of you Patrick! May God bless you as you follow your calling!

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  6. BLUEsky

    Always liked PT. All the best to him.

  7. satcheluk

    Gotta love religious colonialism.