Thursday, January 18, 2018
LIONS ADD OKEKE TO SCOUTING STAFF
Okeke, whose career in the CFL dates back to his days with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994, is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2014) and was most recently part of the Montreal Alouettes player personnel staff.
“Having established more than 10 years of effectively scouting both Canadian and American players makes Uzooma a very valuable addition to our personnel department,” said GM Ed Hervey from Los Angeles where he is currently attending practices in advance of Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. “His remarkable playing career combined with his dedication to the role of a scout has given him a distinct eye for talented football players uniquely suited for the CFL.”
A graduate of SMU, the hulking offensive tackle was a seven-time CFL All-Star and earned the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman award in 1999. He appeared in four Grey Cup games with the Als, winning in 2002. Following his retirement after the 2006 season, the Texas native joined the Montreal front office where he served through 2017.
The Lions also announced this morning that free agent camp dates in March and April are booked in six U.S. cities including San Jose, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Seattle. The club will also stage a three-day OTA in late April at its practice facility in Surrey. BC Lions Training Camp presented by Sun Peaks Resort begins just over four months from today on Sunday, May 20 in Kamloops, BC.