By Anthony Armstrong
Finding your way in the league is not easy. Coming in as an undrafted player makes it that much more difficult to find a “home.” During training camp for the Odessa Roughnecks of the Intense Football League, I became the holder for extra points and field goals on accident. There were two kicking units and only one holder, so I volunteered. The starter got injured, so I took over the duties. Doing what it takes to make the team was something I was used to.
During my time in Washington, I had the pleasure of playing alongside the epitome of this very ideology. Whatever coach needed, find a way to be that guy. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce Lorenzo Alexander.
First off, Zo is a GREAT guy. He is someone who you can follow both on and off the field. His Aces Foundation leaves a lasting impact in cities across the United States from his hometown Oakland, CA to bike rides and bowling tournaments in Buffalo, NY and the DMV area. On the field, you get the hardest working guy there is. Zo is a beast.
If that were not enough, you have to hear the man’s story. Lorenzo is currently listed at 6’1 245 playing outside linebacker for the Bills. In 2005, he was a 300 lb defensive lineman. Over the years he has literally transformed his body to fit different roles and positions. Dude has played about two-thirds of the positions on a football team. Defensive tackle, defensive end, outside backer, inside backer, fullback, tight end, and maybe even offensive line at some point. Not to mention he would mow through kick return units like a Mack truck.
It’s no surprise that he is still having success in the NFL at 36 years old. He puts in the work to make sure his body is in top condition to perform week after week, year after year.
Kudos to Zo! Thank you for being an example and mentor.
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