|Birthdate||September 27, 1990|
|Pick||Round: 5, Overall: 149|
Lewis has decided to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Aug. 13, 2021 7:43 AM EST
Childhood and High School
Born in Albany, New York, September 27, 1990, Dion John Lewis attended Blair Academy where he would lead a 17-1 (.944) league record the final two seasons, two MAPL championships, and the New Jersey Prep state title for football in the process. Exhibiting professional caliber performance early on, Lewis averaged 12.4 yards per carry his junior year, rushing for 979 yards on 79 carries, and 14 touchdowns. At Blair Academy, he exceeded his personal best at 14.1 yards per carry, 1,243 rushing yards on 88 carries, beating the 250-yard rushing mark four times, and scoring 26 touchdowns, including 23 rushing, 2 on punt returns, and 1 receiving.
Culminating in 1,640 rushing yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns, Lewis accomplished an exceptional record at University of Pittsburgh during 12 regular games in the 2009 season, including a 180-yard rush and 2 touchdowns in a victory over Rutgers in October of that year. Named Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week featured in Sports Illustrated, Lewis was the only freshman to be named one of the 15 "Players to Watch" by the Walter Camp Player of the Year 2009 award. Highlights also include Lewis election as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, and the Doak Walker Award. He was honored as a "Midseason All-American" by Si.com and CBSSports.com.
2011 NFL Draft
Lewis announced that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft, foregoing his last two seasons of college football to train at combine. His 40 time record, a 4.57 seconds result.
2012 Rookie Season
Philadelphia Eagles selected Lewis in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He signed 4-year contract for $2.2 million July 27, 2011 for the 2012 season.
Traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Emmanuel Acho, Lewis missed the entire season due to a leg injury.
Cut by the Cleveland Browns August 30, 2014, Lewis signed on with the Indianapolis Colts September 9, 2014, and was released a week later. On December 31, 2014, he signed a future/reserve contract with the New England Patriots.
Lewis made a successful start in the 2015 season with 138 total yards Week 1 and 67 total yards Week 2, and 1st touchdown for the Patriots in a record 6 reception performance that resulted in a 2-year contract extension for salary increase, including a $600,000 signing bonus and $1.8 million in incentives for the forthcoming two years. In a 30-6 win against the Dallas Cowboys, he rushed 6 times 34 yards, catching 8 vertical passes at 59 yards, and scored a touchdown. On October 29, 2015, Lewis again contributed to a 36-7 win against the Miami Dolphins, rushing 5 times for 19 yards, catching 6 passes for 93 yards, and scoring a touchdown.
Activated post-knee surgery on November 12, 2016, Lewis commenced Week 10 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Lewis became the first Super Bowl era player to score touchdowns on a reception, a run, and a kickoff return during the same postseason match. With 6 carries at 27 yards, and 1 catch at 2 yards, Lewis assisted the Patriots 34-28 win against the Atlanta Falcons in the first Super Bowl overtime game.