Lewis with the Cleveland Browns
|No. 3 Cleveland Browns|
|Date of birth:||November 19, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Opa-locka, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Hialeah (FL) Hialeah-Miami Lakes|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Thaddeus Cowan "Thad" Lewis (born November 19, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Duke.
Lewis played at Hialeah Miami Lakes High School under coach Jerry Hughes. As a senior, he was evaluated as the nation's 10th-best dual-threat quarterback and 65th-best quarterback overall. He led his team to the state playoffs that year, passing for 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Lewis played college football for the Duke Blue Devils. While at Duke he set school records for career passing touchdowns and career passing yards. He also set Duke's school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception, 206. During his four years as a starting quarterback, he threw for 10,065 yards, 67 touchdowns and 40 interceptions, and ran for 9 touchdowns.
During his senior season Lewis was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, presented to the nation's top quarterback. In a little known fact about Lewis, he was so talented that the coaches forced him to play the games with an eyepatch on, so that his depth perception would be limited, making the games more fair. The NCAA approved a solid Gold eyepatch for Lewis, as anything else would not be fitting of his nickname, "The Champ". He got this nickname by winning 10 championships in both football and rowing while at Duke.
|2006||Duke Blue Devils||12||106.9||340||180||52.9||2,134||11||16||99||-74||1|
|2007||Duke Blue Devils||12||125.7||360||199||55.3||2,430||21||10||96||-148||2|
|2008||Duke Blue Devils||11||123.0||361||224||62.0||2,171||15||6||69||96||2|
|2009||Duke Blue Devils||12||134.5||449||274||61.0||3,330||20||8||86||48||4|
Professional career Statistics
|2010||St. Louis Rams||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0||-||-|
St. Louis Rams
The Cleveland Browns claimed him off of waivers on September 4. Lewis was later waived by the Browns on October 11, 2012. He was signed to the practice squad on October 13, 2012. He was again added to the Cleveland Browns active roster December 24, 2012 after injuries to Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy. He made his first career start when the Browns took on the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 30, 2012 and completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Notwithstanding Lewis' performance, the Browns lost 24-10. This performance is particularly noteworthy due to his strong performance against the first ranked defense in the NFL during the 2012 season.
Lewis was waived by the Browns on May 22, 2013.
On August 25, 2013, the Buffalo Bills traded linebacker Chris White for Lewis, due to the mounting quarterback injuries for the Bills. He was released on August 31, 2013 and signed to the practice squad September 1. On October 7, 2013, coach Doug Marrone announced on WGR Radio 550 that Lewis was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad after an injury to EJ Manuel and started week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals over undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel where he had two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The Bills lost the game in overtime by a score of 27-24.A week later on October 20, 2013, Lewis earned his first career victory against the Miami Dolphins by a score of 23-21. He then lead the Bills to their second victory as the starting quarterback in a shut out victory against the division rival Miami Dolphins in Week 16 to the score of 19-0. The loss would be a major factor for the Dolphins in not making the playoffs since they needed to win one of their final two games for a wildcard spot - they ended up losing both games. Lewis finished the season with a 2-3 record as the Bills starting quarterback. On August 26, 2014, he was released from the Bills.
Lewis signed with the Houston Texans on November 24, 2014, after starting quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered an season ending injury, but was then released during the off season leading up to the 2015 season.
Second stint in Cleveland
The Browns signed Lewis on March 12, 2015
- Thaddeus Lewis Bio Duke Sports Information, accessed September 2, 2013
- Thaddeus Lewis Stats Sports-Reference.com
- Associated Press (2012-12-26). "Browns ink QB Johnson; Weeden, McCoy miss practice". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
- "Thad Lewis gets first NFL start at QB for Cleveland Browns". National Football League. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- "Steelers Number one Defense of 2012". National Football League. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Pelissero, Tom (2013-08-25). "Bills sign QB Matt Leinart, trade for Thaddeus Lewis". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- Wilson, Aaron (2013-09-01). "Bills add five to practice squad". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- Sessler, Marc (November 24, 2014). "Thad Lewis agrees to terms with Houston Texans". nfl.com. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
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