Lawrence’s Amani Bledsoe signs with Tennessee Titans

Louisiana Monroe wide receiver De'Vonte Haggerty (8) is brought down by Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe (72) and linebacker Caleb Kelly (19) during an NCAA college football game between Louisiana Monroe and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

A former Lion will get his shot in the National Football League.

Amani Bledsoe, a former Lawrence High standout, announced via his personal Twitter account that he was joining the Tennessee Titans after going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bledsoe, a defensive end, spent three years with Oklahoma before joining the professional ranks.

“All the glory to God,” Bledsoe wrote on Twitter. “Blessed to be able to continue to play the game I love with the Tennessee Titans.”

Bledsoe started all 14 games of his junior campaign in 2018. He recorded a total of 37 tackles, including four tackles for loss to go along with two sacks. He ranked third on the team with seven pass breakups. As a result, he was named to the All-Big 12 honorable mention team by the league’s coaches.

In 2017, Bledsoe started eight of the 10 games he played in. He tallied 19 total tackles, which includes three for loss and two sacks. Bledsoe appeared in six games as a freshman in 2016, tallying three total tackles.

Prior to his time with the Sooners, Bledsoe was a highly-touted prospect out of LHS. He was a four-star recruit and ranked 122nd overall in the country by Rivals. During his senior season at Lawrence, Bledsoe dominated on both sides of the ball.

Bledsoe registered 89 tackles and 11 sacks, while adding 48 pancake blocks on the offensive line. He was named the Sunflower League’s Most Valuable Player and earned the Buck Buchanan Award for the most outstanding lineman/linebacker in the Kansas City metro area.

It marks the first time a Lawrence High alum has made it the NFL in over 20 years. Keith DeLong was a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 1989-93. DeLong earned a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season. Jeff Wright was a nose tackle for the Buffalo Bills between 1988-94. He played in four Super Bowls during his pro career.


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