J.R. had his finest CFL season in 2013 playing in and starting all 18 regular season games for the first time in his career. He also registered his first career interception coming on Oct. 25 against his old club Edmonton in a 43-29 win. He set career-highs in tackles with 35, forced fumbles with two and knockdowns with six from his safety position while stretching his consecutive games-played streak to 44.
Playing in all 18 regular season games, J.R. spent much of his time on the Lions’ cover teams as a reserve safety. He had one start in 2012 in the regular season finale, making a season-high three defensive tackles. J.R. was one of seven players to record nine or more special team tackles.
Bouncing back from a season-ending injury the year before, J.R. stepped into a starting role in 2011 joining an experienced BC defensive backfield. He made 11 starts in his 15 regular season games notching 22 defensive tackles and six more on special teams. J.R. played in both the West Final and Grey Cup contests for the first time in his career and made two tackles in each post-season game.
J.R. jump-started his CFL career after a season away from the game and was an instant success with the Lions in the defensive backfield seeing action in 15 games. He pushed his career total to 60 CFL games played across five seasons. Always around the ball he has made five fumble recoveries and 83 tackles in his CFL career. Due to injuries and other factors J.R. has yet to play in a playoff game in his career.
2005-2008: J.R. spent four seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos after signing with the club as a territorial protected junior. He made his pro debut versus the BC Lions in 2005 and played in 59 career games for the Green and Gold recording 59 tackles and 24 special teams stops. LaRose suffered a season-ending leg injury midway through the 2008 season and was released prior to the 2009 CFL campaign.
LaRose was a standout for the CJFL’s Edmonton Huskies and earned a national championship along with an All-Star selection in 2004.
Born in Edmonton, J.R. attended Scona High School before playing junior football for the Huskies. As an Eskimo, he was active in numerous community programs and also volunteered as a mentor to Aboriginal youth JR is a 6 year CFL vet. This is the second time that JR has won this award for his Team the BC Lions. JR is a spokesperson for Ending Violence Association of BC. He was involved in their public service announcements for the „Break the Silence on Violence Against Women‟ campaign and will be involved in their inaugural season of school visits in 2012 as part of this initiative. In 2008 JR founded LaRose Athletics which brings professional athletes to aboriginal communities in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan as way to expose at-risk youth to positive celebrity influences. When asked why he chose to be so involved in his community, JR‟s response is; when he was in elementary school, Henry “Gizmo” Williams paid a visit to his school and inspired him to become an athlete. He feels that as a professional athlete he has a great opportunity to give back to his community. JR believes that you should practice what you preach and that with hard work, persistence and determination you will ultimately succeed. In the locker room he makes sure the new players on the team feel welcomed and always tries to give extra effort to be a positive team player.