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NFL Draft: OU's Ronnell Lewis chosen by Detroit Lions in fourth round

Ronnell Lewis always felt linebacker was his best position. He'll have the opportunity to return to his favorite spot with the Detroit Lions.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: April 28, 2012

“I did struggle with school, which made it hard for me sometimes,” Lewis said. “But in the NFL it's a job. It's all you do. It's up to me. Nobody is going to drag me out of bed. I need to know that playbook inside and out.

“This means a lot to me. I come from a family that struggled. I was the first one to go to college. I want to support my family and see them happy.”

An NFL contract will help Lewis provide for his two sons, David, age 1, and Braylon, who turns 4 in June. His parents never married. He has one sister, four stepsisters and two stepbrothers.

“Those two boys need me to hold up my responsibilities,” Lewis said. “I want to be a good Dad, a good role model. I don't want to let them down. I want to try and make sure everyone is taken care of. But some of them will have to hold up their end, not just rely on me.

“I know I'm going to have to learn to say ‘No' to certain people. I want to make sure my family is taken care of. My main focus is on my two boys and me, get my life on track.”

He embraces the opportunity to live every boy's dream.

“I love the game,” Lewis said. “I now need to go to rookie camp and show the coaches they made a good choice, do all the small things to help me get on the field. I feel butterflies because everything seems to be happening all at once.

“When my name was called, it took all that pressure off. This is what you dream about no matter what sport, to play professionally at the highest level. I plan to make the most of it.”