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Born: April 19, 1991– Lauderdale Lakes, FL
2017: Years as a Lion: 4th Years in CFL: 4th Status: International
Career Games: 22 Playoffs: 1 Grey Cup: 0
Steven was signed as a free agent by the Lions in February 2015. He was released in early 2016 to pursue an NFL opportunity with the Tennessee Titans. Following his release by the Titans in early May that year, he was re-signed by the Lions prior to training camp. Steven signed a two-year contract extension in January 2017 keeping him in orange and black through the 2018 season.
2016: Steven began the season as a defensive reserve before making his first appearance of the regular season in Week 5 versus the Calgary Stampeders in place of fellow defensive back T.J. Lee who went down with a season-ending injury.
Starting four games, he recorded 13 defensive stops along with a pair of tackles on special teams, three pass knockdowns and a fumble recovery. His season came to an end when he suffered a serious knee injury on August 19 versus the Calgary Stampeders.
2015: Steven appeared in 16 regular season games with 15 starts after spending the first week on the injured reserve. He notched 48 defensive stops which was seventh among defenders along with nine more on special teams and added his first CFL interception on Sep. 3/15 versus Montreal.
2014: A late addition to the club following the CFL’s annual practice roster expansion, Steven joined the Lions after a training camp stint with the Miami Dolphins. Seeing action in two games, he made his CFL debut versus Ottawa on Oct 11/14 and recorded three special teams tackles.
2010-2013: Steven appeared in 49 games over four years at Vanderbilt. The Florida-raised defensive back notched 61 solo tackles and an interception during his time with the Commodores. In addition to his contributions on defence he also saw action on special teams as a returner.
Steven, known to friends and teammates as Steve-O Flash, was a Health and Human Services major at Vanderbilt University where he completed his degree a semester early. He hopes to pursue a career in childhood development with a focus on youth in underprivileged urban areas once his playing days are done. Steven has played in three bowl games: the MusicCity Bowl, the Autozone Bowl and the Compass Bowl, and counts a game against Ole Miss in his junior year where his team was down 23-3 at the half and came back to win 26-23 as his biggest football memory to date. He enjoys deep-sea fishing and spending as much time as possible with his daughter Maleah.