2018 November Player of the Week Dinner

Our Guest Speaker for the evening is Former Baltimore Ravens RB

Jamal Lewis

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Lewis attended Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a letterman in football and track. Lewis was rated as the top running back prospect in the nation by Super Prep. Prep Star rated him as the No. 2 southern RB. Lewis rushed for 25 touchdowns as a senior and earned AAAA All-State and All-City honors. He was named MVP of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game, with 137 yards on 11 carries, for a 12.4 average, and two touchdowns. Lewis gained 1,923 yards and scored 28 touchdowns as a junior and 1,240 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. In his three years as a starter, he rushed for a school-record 4,879 yards and 68 touchdowns, plus had a 9.7-yard average per carry. In track & field, Lewis was a standout sprinter. He got personal-best times of 10.84 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.04 seconds in the 200 meters. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m (42.14s) relay squad.

College

As a freshman at Tennessee in 1997, Lewis rushed for 1,364 yards and seven touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named first team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press. In the 1997 season, quarterback Peyton Manning caught a 10-yard pass from Lewis in against Arkansas. In 1998. In his three-year career at the University of Tennessee, Lewis rushed for 2,677 yards and accounted for 3,161 all-purpose. Lewis ranks fifth on the university’s list of all-time rushers and fourth in all-purpose yards. He was an arts and science major while at the University of Tennessee.

Baltimore Ravens

Lewis was drafted in the first round with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. In his rookie season, he rushed for over 1,300 yards, supplanting Priest Holmes as the team’s starting running back. On November 19, Lewis became the youngest player since 1960 to record 200 yards from scrimmage (21 years, 82 days). The Ravens’ running game and punishing defense earned them their first World Championship when they defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in the game, becoming only the second rookie ever to rush for over 100 yards in a Super Bowl and the youngest player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl (21).

In the 2003 season, Lewis led the NFL in rushing with 2,066 yards, falling just 40 yards short of officially breaking the all-time single season rushing record, which remains at 2,105. Lewis is one of seven RB in the NFL’s 2,000 rushing yards club.

On September 14, 2003, Lewis broke Corey Dillon’s single-game rushing record of 278 yards by running for 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns. Lewis was rewarded by being named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Cleveland Browns

After joining the Browns, Lewis became the team’s starting running back. Lewis had his first career 1,300+ yard season since 2003 in his first season with the Browns, rushing for 1,304 yards and nine touchdowns. In three seasons with the Browns Lewis rush for 2,806 yds and 13 TD’s

Career highlights and awards

  • Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
  • Pro Bowl (2003)
  • First-team All-Pro (2003)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player (2003)
  • NFL rushing yards leader (2003)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor
  • Second-team All-SEC (1999)
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (1997)
  • BCS national champion (1998)

 Jamal and his wife and kids still reside in the Atlanta area.  Join us as we welcome Jamal to share his story with us.