The scrambling quarterback who led the University of Louisville football team to an 11-1 record in 2004, including a Liberty Bowl win and a No. 6 ranking in the final Associated Press poll is on board with the Charlie Strong Express, confident the program will soon be back on track.
“There are a few challenges but that’s part of it. We have some work to do,” he said, taking a break from signing autographs during a picnic hosted by The Eye Institute. “Some tremendously exciting things are happening, I’m loving the looks of the stadium expansion, and the recruiting is off to a great start.”
LeFors, a Louisiana native, has returned to Louisville after four years in professional football, one season with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL and three in the Canadian Football League. He is on Strong’s staff, serving as an academic specialist.
“I had a good run in professional football,” he said. “I’m happy to be back. Louisville fans here have always treated me great. We were winners and that probably helps. But I love being here.”
LeFors grew up in a family in which everyone was deaf but him. He’s using that experience to teach courses in sign language to U of L athletes, noting there are four levels of proficiency.
He married Joy, his long-time sweetheart who became a fixture on ESPN during U of L games. They have two children, a three-year-old son and a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.