Pitt would probably like to trot Tim Lewis out as a cornerback against Michigan State tonight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but his duties will be limited to just the pregame.
Lewis, a Pitt legend, will serve as the Panthers’ honorary captain tonight to help kick off the Peach Bowl.
Today’s Honorary Captain: Tim Lewis
» Four-year letterwinner (1979-82)
» Excellent DB and returner for Pitt
» Panthers went 42-6 in his career
» 1st round pick in 1983 NFL Draft
» 16 career INTs for the @Packers
» 30+ years of coaching experience#H2P » @CFAPeachBowl pic.twitter.com/PLRTIKRh5a
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) December 30, 2021
Lewis was a four-year letterman at Pitt, helping the Panthers to a 42-6 record during his time. He was in Pittsburgh from 1978-82 before being selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 11th selection in the 1983 NFL Draft.
In just three seasons to start his NFL career, Lewis intercepted 16 passes and returned one for a touchdown. He also forced two fumbles, recovered three and scored another defensive touchdown.
A neck injury tragically ended Lewis’s career in his fourth season, but he’s been around football the entire time. He’s served as a collegiate and NFL assistant coach since 1987, including time with both Pitt and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Most recently, Lewis served as the head coach of the Birmingham Iron in the AAF in 2019 and the defensive backs coach for the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL in 2020.