Coach & Player Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 19

racked up 97 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Graded as a fifth to seventh-rounder for the 2016 draft, Louis believed he had a chance to be picked. He watched each day of the proceedings on television, writing down the names of every linebacker selected, but his name was never called. everal teams, including the Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals, called during the draft and told Louis if he didn’t get selected, they would be interested in signing him as a free agent. He signed with the Cardinals shortly after the draft and made the final 53-man roster at the start of the 2016 season. But another setback tested his resolve. After tearing a quad muscle in the first game of the regular season, Louis was waived by the Cardinals. In November, he was picked up by the New Orleans Saints and added to their practice squad, but was released a month later. The Ravens signed him in mid-December. Alex and Cameron Lewis were immediately struck by Lamar’s character and enthusiasm for their project. “We could tell that he genuinely believes in us,” Alex said. “Anybody can come on board and say, ‘I want to be with you guys,’ but we could tell from talking to him that he really believes in what we’re doing. We know he’s a professional athlete, so he’s constantly working on his craft, but he’s willing to set aside time for us. That’s a huge thing for me.” Lamar believes there is high demand for more games like the one IMV is creating. “I definitely would like to see college football Photo by Zamani Feelings Coach & Player Magazine • Summer 2017 19