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Thomas Lewis

As a youngster, Thomas Lewis didn’t see himself as a football player. As far as he was concerned, track and basketball were his sports. But his uncle saw speed to burn for someone so young and Thomas was introduced to football at the tender age of eight. He proved on the PeeWee football fields he had skill for the game and proved it at Garfield High School. Under the eye of long time football coach and Hall of Fame member, Bill McGee, he blossomed, becoming a three-year letterman as a wide receiver and punt and kickoff return man. He also played defensive back and became the first football player in Ohio history to be named All-State for both an offensive and defensive position.

During his three-year prep career, he made 120 receptions and scored 14 touchdowns. He earned a scholarship to Indiana University where for two years he shined on the gridiron. He was named first team All Big Ten Conference in 1993 and Most Valuable Player for the Hoosiers that same year. In November of ’93 against Penn State, he tied one Big Ten record for a pass reception by traveling 99 yards for a touchdown and set one that same day with 14 receptions and 285 receiving yards. To help the family financially at home, he declared for the NFL draft in 1994.

The New York Giants selected him in the first round as the 24th pick and the 6 ft 1 inch, 195 lb Lewis joined the Giants as a wide receiver and return man. Lightening did strike twice when Lewis caught a kickoff for the Giants on the one-yard line and zoomed 99 yards for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He left the Giants in 1997 and completed his playing days with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.

The promise he made to his mother that he would get his college degree came true in 1999 when he was graduated from Indiana University. He currently is an executive with Gatorade Sports Marketing in Phoenix, Arizona. He is married and he and his wife, Catina, have three daughters.

Inducted 2015 | Football