Dion John Lewis (born September 27, 1990) is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. With the New England Patriots, he won Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Lewis was also briefly on the rosters of the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts, but never appeared in a game situation for either team.
Lewis with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
|No. 33 – Tennessee Titans|
|Position:||Running back |
|Born:||September 27, 1990|
Albany, New York
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
A native of Albany, New York, Lewis attended Albany High School, from which he transferred to the Albany Academy and later to Blair Academy, where he led his team to a 17–1 record (.944) his final two seasons, including two MAPL championships and a New Jersey Prep state title. He averaged 12.4 yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 979 yards on 79 carries with 14 touchdowns. As a senior at Blair Academy, Lewis averaged an astounding 14.1 yards per carry, rushing for 1,243 yards on 88 carries. He eclipsed the 250-yard rushing mark four times and scored 26 total touchdowns, including 23 rushing, two on punt returns and one receiving. Lewis was also a three-year letterman in track & field at Blair Academy, where he competed in sprints (11.09 100m and 23.06 200m), long jump (20'2") and relays (44.29 4x100).
Lewis attended and played college football for the University of Pittsburgh from 2009–2010.
During twelve regular season games of the 2009 season at the University of Pittsburgh, Lewis accumulated 1,640 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns in an October 2009 victory over Big East rival Rutgers for which he was named Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week and featured in Sports Illustrated. Following this and later performances, he was mentioned in several news outlets as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate. Lewis had his sixth 100-yard plus rushing game of the season against Syracuse.
He rushed for more than 1,799 yards during the 2009 season and broke Craig Heyward's record at Pittsburgh for rushes in a single game with 47 against University of Cincinnati in the Big East Championship game, totaling 194 rushing yards, three touchdowns, as well as five catches for 34 yards.
Lewis was the only freshman and one of four running backs named among 15 "Players to Watch" for the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year award. He was also among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, and was one of ten semifinalists, and the only true freshman, for the Doak Walker Award. Lewis was also honored as a "Midseason All-American" by CBSSports.com and SI.com.
Lewis set the Big East freshman rushing record previously held by Tony Dorsett. The lightly-recruited running back was third nationally in rushing (1,799 yards, 5.5 avg), broke LeSean McCoy's record for most points by a Pitt freshman in the Big East championship against the Cincinnati Bearcats, and Dorsett's record for most rushing yards by a Pitt freshman during the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, after which he was named the game's MVP.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, Lewis was named the National Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News and CBSSports.com, as well as the Offensive Freshman of the Year by College Football News. He was also named a second team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, Rivals.com, and Scout.com. Lewis was the only freshman named to the first or second AP All-American team. Lewis was named both the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Heading into 2010, the Sporting News, in its 2010 College Football Yearbook, called Lewis "the game's most complete runner" and listed him as one of the five leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy. The Sporting News also listed Lewis as a first-team preseason All-American. Lewis failed to live up to these lofty expectations. After 75 yards in a disappointing loss to unranked Utah, he struggled with just 27 yards against FCS (formerly Division I-AA) New Hampshire while teammate Ray Graham had 115, suffered an upper-body injury after compiling 41 yards to Graham's 100 in a loss to Miami, and sat on the bench while Graham compiled the second-most rushing yards in school history against Florida International. Though he had more carries than Graham the rest of the season, the two split rushing duties and it wasn't until the team's seventh game he broke 100 yards rushing against Rutgers. By far his best game of the season was the regular season finale, where he had 42 carries for 261 yards and four touchdowns, including a 76-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats. He also had 105 yards and a touchdown in Pitt's BBVA Compass Bowl victory over Kentucky.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 7 in
|28 1⁄8 in
|8 3⁄4 in
|4.18 s||6.90 s||34 1⁄2 in
|All values from NFL Combine.|
2011 season: Rookie yearEdit
On July 27, 2011, Lewis was signed to a four-year contract worth $2.2 million. Lewis spent his rookie season as the Eagles kick returner. He was third on the running back depth chart behind LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown and saw little playing time, not carrying the ball more than two times per game until the season finale against the Washington Redskins, when he had 12 carries for 58 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Lewis's role for the Eagles in 2012 was similar to his role in the previous season, as a kick returner primarily. He was once again third on the running back depth chart, behind McCoy and rookie Bryce Brown. He saw no carries prior to Week 12 when the team began giving him some role in the running game, though never touching the ball more than five times in a game. His lone rushing touchdown came in Week 16 on a 17-yard rush against the Washington Redskins.
On April 11, 2013, Lewis was traded to the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. He missed the entire season due to a fractured fibula. He was cut by the Cleveland Browns on August 30, 2014.
New England PatriotsEdit
On December 31, 2014, the New England Patriots signed Lewis to a future/reserve contract. Lewis made the team's 53-man roster and saw his first game action on September 10, 2015, in the Patriots' 28–21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, after two years of not playing. Starting for the first time in his career in place of a suspended LeGarrette Blount, Lewis recorded 120 yards from scrimmage. Despite facing competition from Blount, Lewis continued a successful start to the season with 138 and 67 total yards respectively in Weeks 2 and 3 against the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Week 2 also saw Lewis score his first touchdown as a Patriot and record six receptions.
On October 8, 2015, after just three games, Lewis signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots, running through the 2017 season. The contract included a $600,000 signing bonus and $1.8 million in incentives in 2016 and 2017. In his first game after signing the contract, a 30–6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Lewis rushed six times for 34 yards and caught eight passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. On October 29, in a 36–7 win over the Miami Dolphins, Lewis rushed five times for 19 yards and caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. On November 8, Lewis suffered a torn ACL against the Washington Redskins, causing him to miss the remainder of the 2015 season. He was placed on injured reserve on November 9, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 234 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 388 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.
On August 30, 2016, Lewis was placed on the Reserve/PUP list to start the 2016 season after requiring a second knee surgery. He was activated to the active roster on November 12, 2016 prior to Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks. On January 14, 2017, in the Patriots' 34–16 Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans, Lewis became the first player in the Super Bowl era to score touchdowns on a run, a reception, and a kickoff return in the same postseason game. In the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was limited to only 19 scrimmage yards in the 36–17 victory. On February 5, 2017, Lewis was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, he had six carries for 27 yards and a catch for two yards as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime. The Patriots trailed 28–3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game. The Super Bowl featured the first overtime period and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Lewis began the 2017 season as a reserve running back, with new acquisition Mike Gillislee taking the majority of snaps on first and second downs, and receiving specialist James White serving as the primary third-down back. With new acquisition Rex Burkhead also getting playing time, the Patriots were deep at running back and frequently distributed carries among all four of them. Lewis was named the team's primary kick returner. During the first four games, Lewis never carried the ball more than four times in a game, and never ran for more than 18 yards. He also caught a smattering of passes, lining up both in the backfield and split wide. His only touchdown in that stretch came in a 33–30 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
His role on the team changed starting in Week 5, with Gillislee shifting to a short-yardage specialist role, and Lewis became the primary first- and second-down runner. In each week from Week 5 to Week 8, he saw his number of carries increase to 15 per game, and his rushing yardage also increased, frequently accumulating more than 50 yards per game. In Week 10, Lewis had a 103-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. In Week 12, Lewis ran for a career-high 112 yards in a 35–17 win over the Miami Dolphins. In Week 16, Lewis ran for a new career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns, his first career two rushing touchdown game. He also caught five passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in the 37–16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Christmas Eve. His performance in Week 16 earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week. He closed out the regular season with 93 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, six receptions, 40 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown in the 26–6 victory over the New York Jets. The 2017 regular season was the first time he appeared in all sixteen regular season games, and the first time since his rookie season he appeared in more than nine games in a season. In the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl LII, he was the Patriots top rusher, amassing 101 yards on the ground over the course of two games against the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had a key 18-yard run on third-and-9 late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars, gaining a first down and allowing the Patriots to run out the clock to preserve a narrow 24–20 win. In the Super Bowl, Lewis recorded 9 carries for 39 yards, but the Patriots lost 41–33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the Titans' season opener against the Miami Dolphins, Lewis had a solid game with 16 carries for 75 rushing yards and a touchdown to go along with five receptions for 35 yards in the 27–20 defeat. In a Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Lewis ran the ball 13 times for 91 yards.  After a Week 8 bye, Lewis was both the leading rusher and receiver in a 28-14 road victory against the Dallas Cowboys, rushing for 62 yards on 19 carries and catching four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Lewis finished the 2018 season with 517 rushing yards on 155 attempts, one rushing touchdown, 400 receiving yards on 59 receptions, and one receiving touchdown.
|Team won the Super Bowl|
|Led the league|
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