Ashburn, Va. — Broad Run High School senior Matthew Fiume has decided to continue his football career in the 2018-2019 school year after committing to Lafayette College.
“Lafayette was the perfect fit both academically and athletically for me,” Fiume said. “It allows me compete at the highest level, while also earning a degree from an incredible school. It has a historically great program and an exciting new coaching staff.”
The 6-foot-3 Fiume hopes to add another dominating presence to the Division I FCS Leopards’ offensive line as a guard in hopes of improving on Lafayette’s 3-8 record in 2017.
“I hope to help Lafayette rise back to the top of the Patriot League in whatever way I can,” Fiume said. “The coaches made a point of strengthening their offensive line, so I hope to add another weapon to it.”
With less than six months before camp, Fiume continues to get stronger on the field and in the classroom and looks to his role model to give him guidance.
“My grandfather has always been my inspiration,” Fiume said. “He’s a World War II veteran and a former college football player and has worked hard to earn everything he has in life. He’s always pushed me to be a better football player, and he never let me forget the importance of my academics.”
While playing for Broad Run, Fiume – who was named first team All-LoCo in 2017 – helped the Spartans to a 10-2 finish this past season, which included a blowout of Wakefield in a VHSL Region 5C quarterfinal on November 10. Fiume credits Broad Run offensive line coach Jared Toler for pushing him to be his best on and off the field.
“He always pushed me to get better and never settle. He instilled in me good is not good enough,” Fiume said. “No matter how good the play, he always found something that could be done better.”
Fiume really enjoys football and uses it as a way to block out all the negatives going on around him during the day.
“I love football, because it’s the one place where no matter what is going wrong in your day, you can block it all out and focus on just playing the sport,” Fiume said. “You get to release all the pent-up emotions you have. I love getting to go out, work hard with my brothers and see the outcome at the end of the week. It’s been a place where I’ve made good friends and learned life lessons.”