Lions hire former Alouettes scout Uzooma Okeke

The Lions have added Uzooma Okeke to the team’s football operations depart as its southeast regional scout.

Montreal never announced that Okeke was leaving the organization.

Okeke, whose career in the CFL dates back to his days with the Shreveport Pirates in 1994 is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2014) and was most recently part of the Montreal Alouettes player personnel staff.

“Having established more than 10 years of effectively scouting both Canadian and American players makesUzooma a very valuable addition to our player personnel department,” said GM Ed Hervey from Los Angeles where he is currently attending practices in advance of Saturday’s NFLPA Bowl. “His remarkable playing career combined with his dedication to the role of a scout has given him a distinct eye for talented football players uniquely suited for the CFL.”

A graduate of SMU, the hulking offensive tackle was a seven-time CFL All-Star and earned the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman award in 1999. He appeared in four Grey Cup games with the Als, winning in 2002. Following his retirement after the 2006 season, the Texas native joined the Montreal front office where he served through 2017.