Kevin Lewis (American football)

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Kevin Lewis
No. 59
Personal information
Born: (1978-10-06) October 6, 1978 (age 41)
Orlando, Florida
Career information
High school:Orlando (FL) Jones
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Pass deflections:3
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Player stats at PFR

Kevin Lewis (born October 6, 1978 in Orlando, Florida) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants.

College football[edit]

He played college football at Duke. Lewis burst on the college scene against the #1 team in the country at the time, Florida State University, logging 8 tackles, a sack and an interception at the age of 17.

National Football League[edit]

Lewis originally signed with the Giants on April 24, 2000 as an undrafted free agent after the 2000 NFL Draft. After being inactive for the first games of 2000, Lewis was waived to make room for placekicker Jaret Holmes.[1] He was re-signed when Ralph Brown was placed on injured reserve.[2] Overall, he played in seven games without recording a stat.[3] He was released as a final cut on September 3, 2001.[4] The Giants re-signed Lewis to the practice squad a day later.[5] On November 4, he was signed to the active roster.[6] Despite spending the first half of the year on the practice squad, Lewis played in nine games, recording 12 tackles.[3]

After making the team out of training camp, Lewis recovered a fumbled snap against the Arizona Cardinals on September 30, 2002.[7] Due to multiple injuries suffered by Giants players, Lewis got more playing time than was expected for him.[8] Against the Washington Redskins on November 17, after Lewis tackled running back Ladell Betts he fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Giants player Marcellus Rivers.[9] Lewis along with fellow linebacker, Nick Greisen got his first career start at linebacker against the Redskins on December 8.[10] In the game, Lewis recorded six tackles and his first career sack.[11] For the season, Lewis registered 12 tackles and a sack.

Lewis followed up his 2002 performance by playing in all 16 games in 2003 and recording 16 tackles.[3] When Mike Barrow was injured in the first game of the 2004 season, Lewis was named the starter over Nick Greisen.[12] On October 31 against the Minnesota Vikings, he recovered a fumble by Mewelde Moore for 16 yards.[13] At the end of the year, Lewis ended up leading the Giants with 91 tackles.[14] He was released as a final cut on September 3, 2005.[5] Lewis sat out every game in 2005 without being signed, but after Antonio Pierce and Chase Blackburn became injured, Lewis re-signed before the first playoff game against the Carolina Panthers.[15]


Lewis worked at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida working with elite level high school football prospects. On February 13, 2013, he was hired as Orlando Jones High School's new head football coach.


  1. ^ "Giants Sign PK Jaret Holmes And De-Activate PK Brad Daluiso For Tomorrow's Game Waive LB Kevin Lewis To Make Room For Holmes". September 30, 2002. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Giants Place CB Ralph Brown On IR; Re-Sign LB Kevin Lewis". October 3, 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Kevin Lewis". Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Pennington, Bill (September 3, 2001). "Giants, Tired of Waiting, Release Bennett". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Kevin Lewis, LB, Free Agent". KFFL. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "TRANSACTIONS". The New York Times. November 5, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "Shipp comes in, capsizes Giants". Times Herald-Record. September 30, 2002. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  8. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (October 13, 2002). "PLAYBOOK Falcons at Giants WHERE: Giants Stadium WHEN: 1 p.m. LINE: Giants by 5½ Subs try to keep it afloat". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (November 17, 2002). "Giants Over Redskins, 19-17". Retrieved August 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Olney, Buster (December 8, 2002). "Questions to Answer in Last Games". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (December 8, 2002). "Giants 27, Redskins 21: Inside the Numbers!". Retrieved August 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Vacchianno, Ralph (September 10, 2004). "LEWIS MAN IN THE MIDDLE BEATS OUT VET GREISEN FOR SPOT AT LB". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Campbell, Dave (October 31, 2004). "Giants continue dominance of Vikings 34-13". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  14. ^ Gleason, Kevin (December 12, 2004). "Giants' foe Raven mad". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  15. ^ Anderson, Dave (January 6, 2005). "Sports of The Times; N.F.L.'s Best-Kept Secret: Street Free Agents". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2009.