08/15/2020 7:00 PM
The Columbus Lions are starting 2021 signing period off big, literally. The former Temple Owl Romond Deloatch played 5 seasons from 2012-16. The 6’4”, 245-pound new signee is coming on as a wide receiver, but also played tight end and defensive line for the Owls. He would finish his career with 643 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he finished with 12 total tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The three-star recruit from Temple would prove to be a journeyman around the country and his story is not an easy one. According to the Ottawa Sun writer Tim Baines Deloatch sports a tattoo with a face of his mother with the words “Always With Me”. Deloatch’s mother Wanda passed away from cancer in early 2013 before he enrolled at Temple. One of her wishes was for him to earn his degree which he would when he graduated with a degree in criminology. Wanda talked to then Temple coach and current Baylor coach Matt Rhule to make sure it happened.
“I was a Momma’s Boy,” said Deloatch to the Ottawa Sun. “I’m following in her footsteps so much. I’m down to earth, I can gravitate to any crowd. That’s what she was pretty good at, keeping a smile on her face. I think I got that from her. She’d been sick for like two years. We didn’t know that. She was walking around with cancer. She helped me pass my SATs, she’d help me study. If she’d died the year before, I probably wouldn’t be here right now, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I did.”
Deloatch would play for Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL in 2018. He would then find himself on the Baltimore Brigade of the AFL for a short stint in 2019. 2020 will land him in Columbus where the big man with the big heart will look to make his home in the Lions’ offense. “We want to build our offense with mismatches and play makers. Romond checks off both of those. Excited to get him here to Columbus for the fans.” Said head coach Jason Gibson.
The Columbus Lions open the season Friday, April 17th at home against the defending NAL Champions the Jacksonville Sharks.
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