Chris Oats meets Ray Lewis, his childhood hero

Nick Roush6 days


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Susan Lax | UK Athletics

The stars aligned at Kroger Field Saturday night. Chris Oats met his childhood hero, Ray Lewis.

Oats starred for the Kentucky defense as a middle linebacker. That changed when he suffered a major stroke in the spring of 2020. Now rehabilitating, the Cincinnati native is working hard to regain his mobility.

Saturday night Oats and his family made the trip to Kroger Field to watch the Wildcats take on Missouri. On the sideline before kickoff he met his favorite middle linebacker, Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

Susan Lax | UK Athletics

Oats was overjoyed, to say the least. Lewis, the father of UK wide receiver Rahsaan Lewis, shared some words of encouragement to help Oats get back on his feet. The young Wildcat might have shed a tear or two.

Susan Lax | UK Athletics

Oats received the spotlight Saturday night. Introduced to a standing ovation at a near capacity Kroger Field crowd, Oats responded with a smile from ear to ear and waved his white pom-pom back to the crowd.

It was a great night for Chris Oats. You can make it even better by contributing to his GoFundMe, 22OATSSTRONG.COM.

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