STILLWATER, Okla. – "How I Got Here" is a series that asks Oklahoma State football players to detail their football background and careers and how they got to where they are now. Today's edition features offensive lineman Paul Lewis from Houston, Texas.
On when he started playing football “I started playing football when I was eight-years-old. I just went straight into tackle football. I passed up flag football and went straight into tackle when I was eight.”
On the position he grew up playing “I used to play running back when I was younger. That was before I gained some weight and everything like that. I enjoyed running back, but what I’m doing now is even better.”
On his favorite part of playing offensive line “The responsibility part. I like to be held accountable for my job. As an offensive lineman, if you don’t do your job, then the offense doesn’t score.”
On the biggest influence in his football career “It was really my family that influenced me to play football. Growing up, the first thing they bought me was a football, and I just started playing with that. I’d play catch around the house with my dad and everything like that.”
On why he chose Oklahoma State “When I came up here for one of my unofficial visits, I think it was for one of the camps, there was something about this place that I really liked it. I really felt comfortable here, like it was my second home. It was a change of scenery for me, because I’m from Houston, Texas, and coming from a big city to here – I haven’t been in the country a lot or anything. I really liked this place and the scenery and the people.”
On his college career “I still have a lot to prove, a lot to gain. I really didn’t play much last year, and then the year before that I redshirted. This year is kind of a coming out for me, I guess in a way. People will know who I am, and for my family to actually come to my games and actually get to cheer for me like they did when I was in high school and everything like that. This is a big year for me.”