Pottsboro alum Justin Lawler grateful for opportunity with Rams

From hauling in touchdown passes at Pottsboro to laying down the law at SMU, Justin Lawler has built up quite the resume.

But life for the former Cardinal all changed with one phone call on Saturday.

"Man I keep thinking of that; that I'm in the NFL, wearing the shield and most importantly get to put on this logo," Lawler said. "And that's just an incredible feeling. Just as incredible as it will be to get down there and get things going."

The Los Angeles Rams selected Lawler as the 244th overall pick on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday.

"I'm just happy that it happened," Lawler said. "Happy to go to LA and then help and contribute as much as I can. It's going to be a fun ride. There's a lot of work ahead, but I'm looking forward to it."

Lawler brings a lot to the table for the LA Rams.

During his senior season at SMU, Lawler was named first-team All-American Athletic Conference. He led the nation in blocked kicks with 3 and led the team with 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

Lawler is known for his leadership skills on and off the field.He was a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his community service. Despite his accomplishments, Lawler just wants to do what is best for the Rams.

"Whatever the team needs to help them win a championship," Lawler said. "They've done so well last year in just the first year of Coach Sean McVay. So year two, there's no telling what's going to happen. I'm going to make this team and help them win a championship and do the best I can."

While Lawler and his family look forward to their new chapter, the Pottsboro native hasn't forgotten his roots.

"Just thank you for your support," said Lawler. Continue to pray for strength for me and my family. There's nothing better than getting a text and saying 'I'm praying for you. That's all we could ask for."