Getting signed as an undrafted free agent wasn’t the exact dream scenario for former Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis, but you won’t hear him complain.
The Green Bay Packers announced June 10 they signed Lewis to a three-year deal for the rookie minimum of $420,000 per year. Now Lewis, a two-time All-Big 12 performer, is fighting to make Green Bay’s roster.
Thursday, Lewis talked with The Oklahoman about getting signed and transitioning to the NFL.
Q: How’s it feel to get a chance with a pro team?
A: “It’s definitely a blessing. I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I just really want to thank the Packers for picking me up and believing in my abilities and giving me a shot. I’m just taking it and running with it.”
What exactly do you think they saw from you that made them give you a shot?
“I played at one of the best universities in the country for four years, and I was a four-year starter. I made plays in the Big 12 for four years. That production alone gave them reason to bring me up here, but there’s no telling. They probably saw something in me that I don’t even know I have yet. Now it’s a matter of just bringing a worker’s mentality to practice every day.”
Is there anything that has been surprising to you about pro camp?
“The biggest surprise to me was just how down to earth the players are here. You have to commend the Packers for creating an environment where the players become almost like brothers here and they bring in new players with open arms. They really take them under their wings and help them adapt to the game.
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