Stefan LeFors Totally On Board With Charlie Strong

Stefan LeFors is back.

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.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

12 thoughts on “Stefan LeFors Totally On Board With Charlie Strong

  • July 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Stefan may have been the best quarterback in a long line of good quarterbacks ever at U of L. But he never got much of a shot in the pros because of his height. I think the NFL outsmarts itself a lot of times.

  • July 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’d have to go with Chris Redman. He didn’t the supporting cast that Brian Brohm had and he got beat up a lot. Put some blockers around him and he’s great.

  • July 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Brohm was until he injured his knee. Then he injured his shoulder. And he had to play under Kragthorpe. Good kid. Hope he gets a decent shot this season.

  • July 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    No concussion at Miami and that team ends up undefeated.

  • July 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Anyone notice the QB who’s between the D and S in Stand Strong? I think you have the answer on who the starting QB is.

    • July 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      A careful examination of the actual poster reveals the individual to be one Adam Froman. Very perceptive, CardRon, since Charlie Strong had final approval for the poster. I’ll bet you are pretty good with those DaVinci equations too, Ron.

  • July 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Great to see Stefan back and working with the Cards !!!! He was always one of my favorite quarterbacks. So accurate and a threat in the air and in the running game. Great hire by Coach Strong and an excellent example for current players.

    • July 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Good first comment, Chuck. Seeing Stefan with the receding forehead reminded me of how time flies.

  • July 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Welcome home Stefan….Tom and I were/are two of your biggest fans. We are so glad to have you back in the fold at U of L. Go CARDS!

  • July 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    You got the daughter and son flipped around.

    son is older than the daughter.

    Family Friend

      • July 22, 2010 at 3:53 am

        I couldn’t have selected a better individual to help Coach Strong reinstall the Cardinal Ascendancy attitude. Stefan’s heart is unsurpassed! I’ll never forget his intro for senior day, with his family up on the big screen. He’s my favorite Football Cardinal of all time!

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