Former SOU Champion Leads New Semi-Pro Football Team

There is a new sheriff in town. Or, at least a new football team. They are the Rogue Valley Trojans, and they play in the Pacific Northwest Football League.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2019 7:42 PM

MEDFORD, Ore---There is a new sheriff in town. Or, at least a new football team. They are the Rogue Valley Trojans, and they play in the Pacific Northwest Football League.

They are led by a 6-foot, 300-pound national champion.

His name is Ronald Rylance, but anyone who knows him calls him bubba.

While they are already off to a 2 and 1 record, practice is what they really enjoy.

"Teams that win love to practice, and love to go through the grind, love to go through practice with their brothers that they have that play with them" Rylance Said.

A love for that process while playing for S-O-U led to a national championship in 2014.

He says a paring of that process with genuine relationships led to the ultimate prize.

"We had been together for probably three years. We spent a lot of summers together. A lot of days off together, and just did a lot of good things." Rylance said.

Fast forward five years. He says the Trojans have the same bond.

At this age most football players have gone pro, or moved on. Football remains near the top of his priority list.

He plays offensive line, the most violent position on the field.

Trojans Offensive Coordinator Michael Robinson played in the 2001 national playoffs, and had a career in the Arena Football League. To say he was impressed by Bubba would be an understatement.

"He can play o-line, he can play full back. You see the guy get out in lanes, he just out runs everyone. He is an educated young man, who works full time. He is a father. He gets out here, and he is a leader." Said Robinson.

Rylance says not going pro has not stopped him yet. He will continue to go until he can’t anymore.

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