Tommy Lewis (American football)

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Tommy Lewis (born 1932) of Greenville, Alabama played fullback for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 seasons. He wore number 34. He scored two touchdowns in the team's 1953 Orange Bowl Game victory (61-6) over Syracuse.

Playing career[edit]

In the first quarter of the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic against Rice University, he scored his team’s only touchdown to give The Tide a 6-0 lead. Lewis is best remembered for his second quarter off-the-bench tackle of Rice’s halfback Dickey Moegle on a running play that started at the Rice 5 yard line. Moegle took the handoff and raced along the sideline near the Alabama bench. As Moegle passed midfield, Lewis sprang from the bench to tackle Moegle. The referee awarded Rice a 95 yard touchdown on the play. Rice won the game, 28-6.[1][2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1962, Lewis became the head coach of the Huntsville Rockets, an expansion club in the minor Dixie Professional Football League.[4]


  1. ^ "Sport: Alabama's Twelfth Man". Time. January 11, 1954. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Heller, Dick (January 1, 2007). "Refs didn't Cotton to off-bench stop". Washington Times. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ Dickey Moegle in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. Article. Retrieved on December 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Halbrooks, Hap (April 24, 1962). "Test Begins Tonight For Bucs To Show Strength". TimesDaily. p. II-5. Retrieved May 10, 2010.