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Tim Lewis

Head Coach, Alliance Birmingham

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Tim Lewis was a standout cornerback at the University of Pittsburgh from 1979-1982. His senior year he was named an NEA All-American and Defensive MVP of both the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine games. In 1983, the Packers chose Lewis with the 11th overall selection in the NFL Draft.

Lewis played 52 games for the Packers, twice led or shared the team lead in interceptions and finished his career with 16 interceptions. His 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Rams in 1984 is still the Packers' team record. In his third game of the 1986 season, a Monday night contest against the Chicago Bears in Lambeau Field, Lewis suffered a career-ending neck injury. He began his coaching career the following year, first as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M, followed by assistant roles at SMU and his alma mater, University of Pittsburgh.

In 1995, Lewis joined the Pittsburgh Steelers staff as the defensive backs coach, a position he held for five years before being promoted to defensive coordinator. In four seasons as defensive coordinator, Lewis’ unit never ranked lower than ninth statistically in overall defense. In 2001, he led the number one defense in the league to a berth in the AFC Championship Game, where they fell to eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Under Lewis’ guidance, Kendrell Bell was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. During his full tenure with the Steelers, the team secured five division titles and reached Super Bowl XXX.

From 2004-2006, Lewis served as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, helping guide the team to an NFC East title in 2005. He went on to hold secondary coach positions with the Panthers (2007-08), Seahawks (2009) and Falcons (2010-14). While with the Falcons, the team secured three-straight playoff appearances, including a berth in the 2013 NFC Championship.

Over his twenty-one years of coaching in the pros, his teams compiled a cumulative record of 183-152-1.

 

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