OK Chargers Extreme football league held there tryouts Saturday.
“Tryouts went real well, we had about thirty new players come out and a lot of linemen. We had some that are known in the minor league circles, Krispin Shannon Crawford, Dominique McQuinney,” said Charger manager James Whitecloud.
A quick last minute change moved the venue to Harmon stadium. “We wanted the guys to see how nice the home field was as opposed to our practice field,” said Whitecloud.
The Chargers got a nice surprise when Former OU standout Ronnell Lewis showed up and signed with the team.
Lewis who is now living in Okmulgee is native to the area where he attended Dewar High School in which he accounted for 2,219 yards on 150 rushes with 33 touchdowns in 2008 along with 156 tackles while he picked off 11 passes on defense and added 2,000 yards and 40 rushing touchdowns as a junior.
After graduation he signed with the Oklahoma Sooners where fans nicknamed him Lewis "The Hammer". Known for his big hits, he rose to national prominence after two big hits on special teams against Stanford in the 2009 Sun Bowl. Lewis followed up a promising freshman season with a stellar sophomore campaign in 2010 in which he logged 3.5 sacks, 37 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Baylor Bears despite only starting four games. In the 2012 NFL Combine, Ronnell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68s and performed 36 repetitions of 225 lbs.
Lewis also played for the Detroit Lions, the Oklahoma Defenders of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League for the 2014 season, the Boston Brawlers of the Fall Experimental Football League in Fall 2014, the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League and traded to the Los Angeles KISS in exchange for Rod Harper.
Lewis is looking forward to a great season staying closer to the family and the community where he grew up.
A schedule not been released yet for game dates and locations. Whitecloud said scrimmages will start soon.