From scoring game winning touchtowns to owning his own Smoothie King, Sean Cangelosi continues to capitalize on great opportunities.
This is the second entry of a series looking into the many different career paths of former Louisiana Tech University athletes.
Fourth and 23 on Alabama’s 29-yard line and Louisiana Tech trailed by six with nine seconds left on the clock.
This scenario allowed former Tech receiver Sean Cangelosi to haul in a pass that he’ll never forget.
Louisiana Tech starting quarterback Tim Rattay had just gone down with an injury forcing backup Brian Stallworth to enter the game. Cangelosi sprinted down the sideline, right after crossing the goal line, and caught the ball in the middle of three Alabama defenders to propel Tech to victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1999.
Although Cangelosi was a four-year starter who caught over 150 balls for 2,111 yards and 21 touchdowns, he will always be remembered for the touchdown grab that took down the SEC giant Alabama Crimson Tide.
“I can’t take all the credit for that win; it was a team effort,” Cangelosi said. “I do know success builds interest though, and for us to knock off an SEC opponent was big for the university.”
Cangelosi has taken his competitive mindset from the field and applied it to his everyday life.
“When we first played Alabama, we weren’t supposed to win and I asked myself ‘Why not?’ “ he said. “After proving everyone wrong and beating them two years in a row, it showed me that if you believe in something, then you can make it a reality.”
Following his career at Tech, Cangelosi asked himself, “Why not? Why not me? Why can’t I be successful?”
Cangelosi now resides in his hometown of Baton Rouge and recently opened his fourth Smoothie King. He also owns a Roly Poly sandwich shop.
“I feel that sports gives you the mentality to be successful in this world,” Cangelosi said.
Along with balancing multiple businesses, Cangelosi said he has another job at home.
“I am the father to three young girls,” Cangelosi said. “I have a first grader, one in pre-k and a 1 ½-year old.”
Cangelosi said there were many people at Tech that guided him in his career path and he is thankful for all the experiences Ruston exposed him to.
“Aaron Bradford and Sean Dewine got me going and have aided me a lot in business,” Cangelosi said. “Tech was a unique experience that allowed me to meet a lot of different people and gave me confidence to move on in life.”
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