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Chris Rapka heads to Columbia

Last weekend, Chris Rapka had the opportunity to visit Columbia University for the second time. There will be no need to make a third visit to New York City.

On Sunday, the 6-4, 200-pound quarterback from Cardinal Gibbons made his decision, and this Ivy League school will certainly benefit.

“I had the chance to come here during the summer and wanted to see what it would be like when the winter arrived,” said Rapka. “The school, the city, the alumni, the prestige and an opportunity to play football and receive a quality education. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

While Rapka had an opportunity to start for just one season at the varsity level, one of Broward’s top passers never once complained about his role the past two years. He realized that when his opportunity came, this season, he would make the most from it.

“I cannot say enough about Chris as a student/athlete,” Cardinal Gibbons offensive coordinator Matt DuBuc pointed out. “He took over the job this year, led us to the playoffs, played in the Broward All-Star game and was among the best in a very talented county.”

While programs such as Bryant College, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn and Holy Cross were in the mix, the chance to head to Columbia was too hard to pass up.

Rapka joins Cypress Bay freshman linebacker Joe Nathan on the Lions’ roster.

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