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Reveiz: NFL lockout allows faith-building time
Ex-Vol LB, former FHS star signs with Tampa Bay looking to stick in NFL

Nick Reveiz said the recent National Football League lockout was “definitely hard, because it's time I could have been with an organization and learning stuff.”

But this undrafted free agent rookie, a former Tennessee Vols starting middle linebacker and ex-Farragut High School star, added he wasn't too disappointed.

“At the same time I thank God for the lockout because I think a lot of awesome things happened developing my faith and me as a man,” said Reveiz, rejected by a handful of NFL teams before finally latching on with Tampa Bay and signing with the Buccaneers Wednesday, July 27.

Reveiz said the lockout allowed him to do “so many things within the community; I got to go on a mission trip with my church and stuff that I wouldn't have been able to do had the lockout not been in place.

“I don't believe in coincidences, I believe that God makes everything happen for a reason,” added Reveiz, listed at 5-foot-9, 226 pounds as a Vols senior. “I know this is where I'm supposed to be.”

Reveiz, 23, said he's been part of Tampa's third string defense and has worked at all linebacker positions and on special teams in three practices.

“I'm not getting a ton of reps, but obviously, with the lockout, they're trying to prepare their first string,” Reveiz said. “But from what I've heard from the veterans, in the pre-season games they let a lot of the younger guys play a whole lot.”


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