Former Oklahoma star Ronnell Lewis’ life has abruptly changed over the past year.
Lewis was arrested twice in a six-month span for disturbing the peace/public intoxication (April 2013) and suspension of DUI (September 2013).
His professional life suffered. A 2012 fourth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, he was cut last August after playing one season. A future four-week stay in the Canadian Football League evaporated.
Lewis had reasons to be discouraged. Many of his problems were self-inflicted. But the Dewar native with big dreams continues to strive for a return to the NFL.
During the past few months, the former OU star and Detroit Lion has played for the Oklahoma Defenders, a member of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League. The team will play its final home game on Saturday against the Salina Bombers at 7 p.m at the Cox Business Center.
“I’ve done some things wrong off the field that I am very sorry for,” Lewis said following a recent Defenders practice. “Hopefully my family and fans can forgive me. I’m ready to turn my life around and give it another shot.
“I’ve paid some consequences and learned from it,” Lewis added. “I’m leading a straight and narrow path and want to let everyone realize I’m not a bad guy. Yes, I’ve made mistakes. But they are behind me.”
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Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Defenders announced today the signing of yet another high caliber player, Safety Sam Proctor. Proctor played safety and special teams at the University of Oklahoma 2008-2011 with fellow Defender Ronnell Lewis; both players were then signed by the Detroit Lions in 2012.
As a Sooner, Proctor played in 53 games and accumulated 103 tackles. He was an important part of special teams and had multiple tackles on special teams each season. Proctor was also known at OU for inspiring his teammates to remain dedicated to the sport they love. At Pearland High School in Pearland Texas, he ran 221 times for 1,658 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He completed 42 of 82 passes for an additional 456 yards and four touchdowns as a team captain, helping his team to the Texas Class 5A State Semifinals. He played defense twice and recorded a tackle each time. He has now returned to Oklahoma and is ready to go for the 2014 Defenders season that starts March 1.
“Proctor is a guy that will make an immediate impact for us this season, and is a very nice addition to our talented secondary. He’s a high-caliber athlete with a great work ethic, but most of all, he’s a character guy on and off the field,” stated Oklahoma Defenders Head Coach Derek Rasmussen.
Proctor commented, “I’m excited, the organization is great and the players are hard working. I’m ready to add my play-making ability to the team. I’m always looking for the opportunity to make a positive impact on others and the community and I believe playing for the Defenders will definitely give me that opportunity. Get ready for big plays and big hits from this former Oklahoma Sooner and Detroit Lion.”
The opening game of the 2014 season, the Aloft Tulsa Downtown Kickoff Classic, is scheduled for Saturday, March 1st at the Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, in Tulsa. Season tickets, group discount tickets are now on sale. Single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, February 14.
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Landry Jones is at 6
Jones will draw inevitable comparisons to Sam Bradford (and other OU QBs with huge numbers). But he has good size, a strong arm, and has improved his accuracy. Major prospect.
Ronnell Lewis is at 17
A defensive end at Oklahoma, Lewis will take his elite athleticism to outside linebacker at the next level. Too quick for many offensive tackles, he should pile up sacks. Added here after eligibility issues cleared up.
No Ryan Broyles, yet.