Lewis Gilbert (American football)

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Lewis Gilbert
No. 88, 82, 86, 89
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1956-05-24) May 24, 1956 (age 63)
Naples, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Naples (Naples, Florida)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Lewis Howe Gilbert, Jr. (born May 24, 1956) is an American former college and professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He played college football for the University of Florida. Undrafted in the 1978 NFL Draft, Howe signed with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons as a free agent, and played for four different NFL teams in four years.

Gilbert was born in Naples, Florida.[1] He attended Naples High School, and played for the Naples Golden Eagles high school football team.

While attending the University of Florida, he was a three-year letterman for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team from 1974 to 1977.[2] As a senior, he started all eleven games for the Gators. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science in 1978. In 1979, Gilbert returned to Gainesville to serve as a graduate assistant for the Gators under new head coach Charley Pell.[3]

As a professional free agent, Gilbert appeared in nineteen NFL games in four seasons, including four games for the Atlanta Falcons in 1978, three games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980, six games for the San Francisco 49ers in 1980, and six games for the Los Angeles Rams in 1981.[1] Employed mostly as a blocking end, he had one career reception for seven yards in 1980.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Lewis Gilbert. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ 2013 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 95 & 178 (2013). Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Jack Hairston, "Florida Atmosphere Different With Pell," Ocala Star-Banner. p. 5C (February 25, 1979). Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Lewis Gilbert. Retrieved July 13, 2014.