Nik Lewis

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Nik Lewis
No. 82     Calgary Stampeders
Nik Lewis.jpg
Date of birth: (1982-06-03) June 3, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Mineral Wells, Texas
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): SB
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 240 lb (110 kg)
College: Southern Arkansas
Organizations
As player:
2004–present Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2012
CFL West All-Star: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
Honors: CFL Rookie of the Year, 2004
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Nikolas "Nik" Lewis (born June 3, 1982) is a professional Canadian football slotback for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion, winning in 2008 and 2014. In his first season he won the CFL Rookie of the Year award, followed by five West Division All-Star and three CFL All-Star awards. He is second all-time as a Stampeder in receptions (805), receiving yards (11,250), and touchdown catches (65) behind Allen Pitts. He also has the club record for consecutive games with a reception, with 166.

Lewis attended Southern Arkansas University and was named an NCAA Division II All-American in 2003. He attended high school in Jacksboro, Texas where he participated in track, specializing in the triple jump.

Professional career[edit]

In 2004, Lewis led the Stampeders in receptions (72), receiving yards (1045), touchdowns (8) and punt return yards (385) and was recognized as the Rookie of the Year by the Canadian Football League.[1][2] Lewis finished the 2005 CFL season with 1,379 receiving yards, nine touchdowns and 80 receptions, second in the league.[2] 2006 was another strong year for Lewis with the Stampeders as he posting 77 receptions, 1,114 receiving yards and five touchdowns and was named to the 2006 CFL Western Division All-Star team.[2]

The 2007 CFL season saw Lewis achieve 67 receptions, 1,101 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns. Lewis also had a career long 85 yard reception and was again a CFL Western Division All-Star.[2]

Lewis helped lead Calgary to the 96th Grey Cup championship with 87 receptions for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns in the 2008 regular season.[2]

In 2009, Lewis had another 1000-yard season by reaching the plateau in the last 15 minutes in the last game of the regular season.[3] Lewis scored his first and only touchdown of the season in the 17th game of the regular season, earning the unusual distinction of having the lowest touchdowns scored for a 1000-yard receiver in the history of the CFL. As of the end of this season, Lewis has caught a pass in all 105 games that he has played in.[4]

In 2011 Nik Lewis partnered with Joffrey Reynolds to create www.calmb4storm.com an organization that gives fans an opportunity to experience things otherwise unattainable.

In a 2012 poll of over 250 of his fellow players in the CFL, Lewis was voted "Toughest to Bring Down" out of all other players in the league, with 35% of all votes cast. He also received 8.4% of all votes cast in the category "Toughest Player", finishing third, and placed fourth in the category "Nastiest Player." He received 7.8% of all votes cast in the category "Best Hands", finishing fifth, and he ranked fourth in the category "Best Clutch Performer." Players on the roster of the Calgary Stampeders were not permitted to vote for Lewis. He was the only player to rank in the top five in more than three categories.[5]

During the 2012 CFL Playoffs Lewis sent out the following Tweet "I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole."[6] The Tweet was soon deleted by Lewis. Lewis was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for violating its social media policy. Lewis subsequently made apologies on two successive days, and announced he was donating the paycheque from his next game (the 2012 Western Final) to a women's charity.[7] Lewis finished the season with over 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns. It was the 9th consecutive season in which he recorded 1000 yards.

In Week 8 of the 2013 CFL season Lewis suffered a fractured fibula as he was tackled by BC linebacker Solomon Elimimian. He was expected to miss around 6 weeks due to the injury.[8] However, he instead sat out the rest of the season, which also left his 1000-yard receiving streak at nine.

Lewis saw a diminished role in 2014, highlighted by his consecutive games with a catch streak snapped in week 5 against the Edmonton Eskimos. He was held without a reception in a regular season game for the first time since June 20, 2004, with the streak ending at 166.[9] He posted career-low totals in receiving yards and failed to score a touchdown in any game of the season, also a career low. Despite the frustrating season, Lewis helped the Stampeders qualify for the 102nd Grey Cup, a game in which he set up Calgary's first touchdown with a 13-yard catch that brought the ball to the one-yard line. He won his second Grey Cup championship following the Stampeders' 20-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2004 CGY 18 72 1045 14.5 42 8 Team did not qualify
2005 CGY 18 80 1379 17.2 46 9 1 2 28 14.0 15 0
2006 CGY 18 77 1114 14.5 50 5 1 5 36 7.2 12 0
2007 CGY 16 67 1101 16.4 85 5 1 2 19 9.5 14 0
2008 CGY 18 87 1109 12.7 85 10 2 14 184 13.1 31 0
2009 CGY 17 70 1013 14.5 52 1 2 11 145 13.2 26 0
2010 CGY 17 90 1262 14.0 74 9 1 6 55 9.2 16 0
2011 CGY 18 93 1209 13.0 62 5 1 2 31 15.5 17 0
2012 CGY 17 100 1241 12.4 52 10 3 11 132 12 61 0
2013 CGY 7 32 400 12.5 32 3 Placed on injured reserve
2014 CGY 13 37 377 10.2 25 0 2 2 18 9.0 13 0
CFL totals 177 805 11,250 14.0 85 65 15 56 648 11.6 61 0

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