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Michael Lewis

Lewis in a 2008 preseason game
No. 32     San Francisco 49ers
Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: April 29, 1980 (1980-04-29) (age 29)
Place of birth: Richmond, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Debuted in 2002 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2007
Tackles     490
Sacks     7.5
Interceptions     11
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Milton Lewis (born April 29, 1980 in Richmond, Texas) is an American football safety for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.

Lewis was a Pro Bowl selection with the Eagles in 2004.

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College career

Lewis twice won Colorados Dave Jones Award for the most outstanding defensive player and the Hale Irwin Award for the most outstanding defensive back in his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he made a career-high 117 tackles on his way to first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. As a senior, he was a unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team choice, earned third team All-America honors, and was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. He led the team with 112 tackles and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He closed his career ranked 9th on the school's all-time list with 336 tackles, second in forced fumbles with 10 and tied for 12th with nine interceptions. He also holds the school record with 6.5 career sacks for a defensive back.

Professional career

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Philadelphia Eagles

Lewis was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. As a rookie he started 4 out of 14 games and recorded 49 tackles, a sack, and an interception. In 2003 He became a full-time starter and remained the starter alongside Brian Dawkins until 2005. In 2005 he along with Dawkins were selected as the starters for the 2004 Pro Bowl for the NFC squad. Lewis had a tough year in 2006 after giving up numerous big plays he was benched for Sean Considine and started only 6 of 14 games. He finished his career with the Eagles recording 386 tackles, six sacks, and nine interceptions.

San Francisco 49ers

On March 2, 2007 Lewis signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis re-gained his starting role with the 49ers and had a good season, finishing his first season with the team starting all 16 games recording 104 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions.

Personal

During the week of Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida Lewis won the annual EA Sports Madden Bowl competition. The tournament featured eight NFL players and Lewis claimed the top spot by defeating Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Colts DE Dwight Freeney (the two-time defending champion), and Bills RB Willis McGahee.

During his sophomore year at Colorado University, Lewis was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.[1] While not life threatening, it has contributed to Michael Lewis becoming an active spokesperson for Heart Disease awareness. He has served as a spokesperson for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Heart Association, served as the Honorary Chairperson for Philadelphia Heart Walk, and joined Steve Young in San Jose to promote the American Heart Association's Start! campaign.[2][3]

Lewis' nephews are Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers and receiver James Rodgers.[4]

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Preceded by
Blaine Bishop
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Strong Safeties
2003—2006
Succeeded by
Sean Considine

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