Jess Lewis

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Jess Lewis
Born: (1947-07-28) July 28, 1947 (age 70)
Aumsville, Oregon
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College Oregon State
NFL draft 1970 / Round: 13
Career history
As player
1970 Houston Oilers
Honors 1967 All-American
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (1981)

Jess Lewis (born July 28, 1947 in Aumsville, Oregon) is a retired amateur wrestler and American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers in 1970. He graduated from Cascade High School in Turner, Oregon.

College Wrestling[edit]

Lewis was an accomplished wrestler for Oregon State, becoming a three-time conference champion (1968–1970), three-time All-American (1968–1970), and a two-time NCAA champion (1969, 1970) in the heavyweight division. He went on to compete in the 1968 World University Games and the 1968 Summer Olympics as a wrestler for the United States.[1]

College football[edit]

Lewis also played college football at Oregon State University where he earned All-American honors as a football player in 1967, and was a two-time All-Pac-8 Conference selection as a defensive tackle. He was selected as the team MVP in 1969.[2]

NFL Football[edit]

Upon graduating from Oregon State, Lewis was drafted in the 13th round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. The Oilers moved him to linebacker upon drafting him. Lewis played one season in the NFL.


  1. ^ "2005–06 Wrestling Media Guide – History; Records; Honors" (PDF). p. 24. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  2. ^ "2006 Football Media Guide – All-Americans" (PDF). p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2006-12-31.