Former Waynesville High School football great L.J. Fort will have another shot to play in the National Football League next season, and this time it's with a Super Bowl-contending franchise.
Tuesday, the Denver Broncos signed Fort and four other players to future contracts that are set to begin in March upon the start of the NFL's new league year.
According to the Broncos' official website, Fort will compete for a spot as a linebacker and on special teams.
Fort was a two-way all-stater (running back, linebacker) for Waynesville High School's 2007 state championship team, and was selected as the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
As a linebacker Fort earned All-America honors while playing college ball at Northern Iowa, leading the nation in tackles as a senior. He went undrafted in 2012 before signing with the Cleveland Browns as a non-drafted free agent.
He was on the Browns' active roster during the 2012 season, starting the first game of the campaign, during which he sacked and intercepted Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Michael Vick. He finished 2012 with 20 tackles, one interception and one sack.
He was cut from Cleveland's roster right before the start of the 2013 season.
The four other players signed by the Broncos include OL Mike Farrell, S Eric Hagg, OL Ryan Miller and WR Jordan Norwood.