Mark Lewis (kicker)

Mark Lewis (born March 25, 1979) is an arena football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He has also played for the Tennessee Valley Vipers, Detroit Fury, Las Vegas Gladiators, Columbus Destroyers, Austin Wranglers, Dallas Vigilantes, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm and Baltimore Brigade.[1] His no. 19 worn during his time with the Brigade is a tribute to the late Baltimore Colts great Johnny Unitas, who wore that number.

Mark Lewis
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Lewis in 2017
Free agent
Position:Kicker
Personal information
Born: (1979-03-25) March 25, 1979 (age 41)
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Longwood (FL) Lyman
College:FIU
Undrafted:2003
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
FG made:108
FG att:197
PAT made:1,238
PAT att:1,397
Tackles:41.5
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Early lifeEdit

Lewis attended Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida, where he was a two sport athlete, participating soccer and football.[2] Lewis was one of the top prep players in the state of Florida for soccer.[3] He joined the football team after his friend, Joe Gioia, had dared Lewis that he couldn't kick a football as far as a soccer ball.[4]

College careerEdit

Lewis continued his soccer career when he earned a scholarship to play at Florida International University.[3] After one season at FIU, Lewis transferred to University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he played a single season for the 49ers before quitting soccer.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Lewis began playing professional football in 2003, when he signed with the Tennessee Valley Vipers of af2. Playing for the Austin Wranglers in 2007, Lewis enjoyed the best year of his career, earning First Team All-Arena honors[5] and was named the AFL Kicker of the Year.[6] On March 21, 2018, Lewis was assigned to the Baltimore Brigade.[7] With the Brigade, Lewis won his second Kicker of the Year award in 2018.[8] On March 6, 2019, Lewis was assigned to the expansion Atlantic City Blackjacks.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mark Lewis". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Jill Cousins (March 29, 1998). "Lewis Stands Out As Top Dog For Greyhounds". www.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Stephanie Storm (February 6, 1998). "Lyman's Lewis Signs With Top School Fiu". www.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Austin Lyon (July 21, 2012). "After late start in football, Lyman grad Mark Lewis makes mark as Preds kicker". www.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Jeremy Martin (June 28, 2007). "Two Wranglers Get Individual AFL Honors". www.austinchronicle.com. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Mark Lewis Named AFL Kicker Of The Year For 2007". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 2, 2007. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Baltimore's Mark Lewis Named Kicker of the Year". Arena Fan. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved March 8, 2019.

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