Baltimore Colts

Catching Up with ... Derrel Luce, Colts linebacker-turned-lawyer

Catching Up with ... Derrel Luce, Colts linebacker-turned-lawyer

As an attorney, Derrel Luce isn’t cowed by doing battle with high-powered lawyers in crowded courtrooms. Not after playing six years in the NFL.

“Going up against General Motors or GE in a trial, it’s real easy not to be intimidated,” said Luce, 65, a former Colts linebacker. “People start yelling and I laugh, like, you think this is nerve-wracking? It’s nothing compared to what you hear from coaches.”

A personal injury attorney in Waco, Texas, Luce has practiced law for 37 years. He began his studies while playing for Baltimore, which selected the 6-foot-3, 220-pound All-American from Baylor on the seventh round of the 1975 NFL draft. It wasn’t easy, earning a law...

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