Tim Lewis
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Lewis in 2013
Houston Gamblers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1961-12-18) December 18, 1961 (age 60)
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Pennridge (PA)
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
Games played:51
Games started:42
Head coaching record
Regular season:5–3 (.625)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Tim Lewis (born December 18, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive coordinator for the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Following a neck injury that cut his playing career short after four seasons, he began serving as a coach in the collegiate and professional levels and obtained his first head coaching position with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2019. He also served as the defensive backs coach for the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL until the league folded in 2020.

He is the younger brother of former Memphis Express General Manager Will Lewis. Louis Riddick, former NFL safety and current ESPN broadcaster is his cousin. Robb Riddick, another of his cousins was a running back for the Buffalo Bills for eight seasons.

College career

Lewis joined the Pittsburgh Panthers in 1979, playing his freshman season on a team that included eight other future NFL players: Dan Marino, Mark May, Dwight Collins, Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm, Jimbo Covert, Bill Maas, Hugh Green, three of whom would eventually make to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In his three seasons at Pitt, Collins intercepted four passes and returned 26 kickoffs for 679 yards.[1]

Playing career

Lewis was a first round pick (eleventh player chosen overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh by the Green Bay Packers in the 1983 NFL Draft.[2] A standout cornerback, he was considered[by whom?] to be one of the more skilled players on what was a relatively weak Packers team.[citation needed] He led or shared the team in interceptions in 1983 & 1985, finishing with a career total of 16. His 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams on November 18, 1984, remains the Packer team record.[3] His career was cut short by a severe neck injury suffered in a Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears in the third week of the 1986 season.[4]

Coaching career

Beginning his coaching career in 1987 at Texas A&M, Lewis served under his former college coach at Pittsburgh, Jackie Sherrill.[2] He would later spend time at defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers[5] and the New York Giants.[6] The 2013 season marked his third year as the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2015, Lewis became the defensive backs coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but was let go once the season ended as part of a complete coaching overhaul.[7] He was named the head coach of the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football on June 6, 2018.[8] With two games remaining in the 10-week inaugural AAF season, Lewis and the Iron clinched a playoff berth, though due to the AAF's overall underfunding and ownership disputes, the playoffs were never played.[9]

Lewis then signed on as defensive backs coach for the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL, a position he held until the league folded in 2020.[10]

Head coaching record

Alliance of American Football

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BIR 2019 5 3 0 .625
BIR Total 5 3 0 .625
Total 5 3 0 .625


  1. ^ "Tim Lewis College Stats".
  2. ^ a b Huebner, Bradley A. "Challenges Continue For Tim Lewis". tribunedigital-mcall. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Reed rumbles 108 yards for NFL record | Longest interception returns by team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. November 24, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Pierson, Don. "Collision Ends Lewis' Career". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tim Lewis - Pro Football History.com". pro-football-history.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Rush, Doug (June 6, 2018). "Ex-Giants coordinator Tim Lewis hired as AAF's Birmingham head coach". Giants Wire. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "49ers quietly clean house in coaching staff". Pro Football Talk. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Lewis, Tim (June 4, 2018). "Long-time NFL defensive coach to be inaugural head coach of Birmingham's AAF team". AL.com. Advanced Local Media. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Iron clinches playoff berth with win". March 31, 2019.
  10. ^ Reid, Alvin (July 10, 2019). "Hakim catches XFL coaching gig here as football returns to STL on Saturday". The St. Louis American. Retrieved October 14, 2019.