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Travis Lewis
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Travis Lewis at the 2012 Detroit Lions Training Camp
No. 50     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-01-15) January 15, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Detroit Lions ( 2012 2015)
Career highlights and awards
*2009 All-Big 12 first team (Coaches, Phil Steele)
Total tackles     32
Sacks     1.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     0

Travis Lewis (born January 15, 1988) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round, 223rd overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2016 offseason.

Early yearsEdit

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Lewis attended Robert E. Lee High School, where he played football as a linebacker and running back for coach Jimmy Ramos. After switching to tailback as a senior, Lewis rushed for 1,436 yards on 222 carries (6.4 ypc) with nine touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown; for his senior season efforts, Lewis was named all-area and all-metro and was also selected to play at the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Following his senior season, he attended the Army combine and Nike camp, where he ran an electronically timed 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 seconds, had 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press and leaped 34'4" (0.87m) in the vertical jump.[1] In addition to football, Lewis also competed in track & field in high school as a shot putter (personal-best of 53'10" or 16.43m). He also benched 335-pounds (152 kg) and squatted 515-pounds (233 kg) in his senior year.

Described as a raw linebacker with great speed and tremendous potential, Lewis received offers from every major program in the entire Big 12, and committed to Nebraska as a junior. However, in the final days and hours before National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Lewis decommitted from Nebraska, and ultimately signed with Oklahoma on February 7, 2007. Rivals.com graded Lewis out as a 4-star (5.8) outside linebacker prospect, ranked 20th at his position, while Scout.com also gave Lewis 4 stars, and rated him the 10th-best middle linebacker. Lewis also had scholarship offers from Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Arizona State, among others.

College careerEdit

Lewis broke a couple of Oklahoma freshman records, once established by Brian Bosworth. He eclipsed the mark for most freshman season tackles (144) and most tackles by a freshman in a game (19) against Texas.

Six games into the 2010 season, Lewis led the Sooners with 59 tackles, also registered one interception. He was named a semifinalist for Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 246 lb32 34 in10 1/8 in 4.75 s 1.65 s 2.78 s 4.22 s 7.27 s 36 in 10 ft 2 in 26 reps

Detroit LionsEdit

After his career at Oklahoma, Lewis was selected with the 223rd overall pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Lewis finished his tenure with the Lions with 32 total tackles, 26 of them solo and a sack.

Lewis saw time in his rookie season as a special teamer, contributed primarily on special teams in 13 of the Lions' 16 games. He finished with three special teams tackles on the year, and also saw limited time at linebacker and recorded one solo tackle. After being inactive for three weeks, he returned to action in Week 6 at Philadelphia on special teams. He was credited with two special teams tackles in Week 11 against division rival Green Bay Packers.

Lewis saw action exclusively on special teams in 2013, finishing the season with six special teams tackles. On December 3, 2013, Lewis was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, and therefore was placed on Reserve/Suspended list.[3]

Battling through injuries in his third season in 2014, Lewis served as a core member of the Lions' Special Teams Unit. He had one special teams tackle in Week 2 in the game at Carolina. The following week, he was inactive in Week 3 through Week 7 before being placed on Reserve/Injured list on October 18 with a quad injury.

In 2015, Lewis started 4 games at outside linebacker for the Lions before losing his job to Tahir Whitehead, contributing with a career-high 21 tackles and a sack. He was also among the team's best coverage specialists, playing nearly 72% of the Lions' special teams plays.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Lewis signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 9, 2016 but was waived on June 16, 2016.[4][5]

RetirementEdit

On January 12, 2017, Lewis announced his retirement from the NFL.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

CollegeEdit

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Tfl PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2008 Oklahoma 12 4 144 70 74 3.5 12.0 3 4 108 27.0 47 0 1 0 0
2009 Oklahoma 12 7 109 56 53 1.0 9.5 2 1 5 5.0 5 0 1 0 0
2010 Oklahoma 14 14 109 63 46 1.5 5.5 5 3 43 14.0 30 0 0 2 0
2011 Oklahoma 13 13 84 54 30 1.0 4.0 2 1 22 22.0 22 0 2 0 0
Totals 54 54 446 243 203 7.0 31.0 12 9 178 19.8 47 0 4 2 0

NFLEdit

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2012 Detroit Lions 13 0 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Detroit Lions 12 0 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Detroit Lions 2 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Detroit Lions 15 4 21 18 3 1.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 42 4 32 26 6 1.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
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