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Former OU standout Ronnell Lewis lands with Tulsa indoor football team

by Erik Horne Published: November 27, 2013
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Former OU defensive end/linebacker Ronnell Lewis has signed with the Tulsa Defenders indoor football team. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Former OU defensive end/linebacker Ronnell Lewis has signed with the Tulsa Defenders indoor football team. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Ronnell Lewis is back in Oklahoma and back in football.

The former OU edge rusher has signed with the Tulsa-based Oklahoma Defenders of Champions Professional Indoor Football League. On Tuesday, the Defenders announced Lewis’ signing via press release.

Lewis was a fourth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012, but played in just eight games in his only NFL season. The Lions cut the defensive end/linebacker hybrid in late August.

Lewis received a six-month deferred sentence after pleading no contest to charges stemming from a bar fight in April. He was also arrested Sept. 2 on suspicion of DUI in Henryetta.

“I’ve learned a lot over the last year and a half about giving back being a small town guy,” Lewis said via the Defenders’ press release. “Now having the opportunity to play in Tulsa, I get to be around my family and the community I grew up in. I want to help in the community, mentor youth, and give back in any way that I can.”

The Dewar native had 118 tackles, 10 sacks and two interceptions in three seasons at OU. The Defenders' season opens in March.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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