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Greg Lewis biography

Date of birth : 1980-02-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Chicago, Illinois
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-19
Credited as : Football player NFL, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Greg Lewis is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

• Made one of the most memorable plays in Vikings history on game-winning 32-yard TD catch from Brett Favre vs. San Francisco (9/27/09) with :02 remaining.
• Has played in 4 NFC Championship games in his career and 11 total playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXIX.

OFF THE FIELD:
Earned degree in speech communications at Illinois...Married to Tamika, couple has 2 children...Family has a dog, Buddy...An avid Cubs fan, has sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for his hometown team at Wrigley Field...Helped elementary school kids plant trees at Jenny Lind School as part of the Vikings Planet Purple Week activities during the fall of 2009...Chose to play college football at Illinois as a walk on because his cousin, Walter Young, was with the Illini and he did not have a scholarship offer...Quit football after his freshman year but was talked into returning to Illinois by Young and future Colts TE Aaron Moorhead.

PRO:

Has extensive playoff experience, seeing time in 11 games, including catching a TD in Super Bowl XXXIX...Played in 4th career NFC Championship game with the Vikings in 2009...Caught thrilling 32-yard TD pass from Brett Favre with :02 remaining to beat San Francisco (9/27/09) in the 1st Vikings home game of the 2009 season...Joined Vikings following his release following the preseason by New England, signing with Minnesota on 9/10/09...Familiar with Vikings head coach Brad Childress dating back to their days in Philadelphia...Traded from Philadelphia to New England on 3/5/09....Joined the Eagles as a rookie free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft.

2009
Made instant impact with the Vikings in game vs. San Francisco (9/27), connecting with Favre on a thrilling 32-yard TD with :02 remaining in the game for a comeback win over the 49ers, his 1st catch in his 1st game as a Viking...Became only the 5th Vikings player to have his 1st catch with the team go for a TD...Played in 13 games and started at Pittsburgh (10/25)...Saw action in both playoff games...Hauled in Favre’s 6,000th career completion vs. Cincinnati (12/13)...Played a role on special teams coverage units.

2008
Played in all 16 games and helped Eagles to the NFC Championship Game against Arizona...Played against the Vikings in NFC Wild Card game...Caught 5 passes for 104 yards with a career-long 52-yarder at St. Louis (9/7), his 1st career 100-yard game...Teamed with fellow Eagles DeSean Jackson and Hank Baskett to all post 100+ receiving yards in St. Louis game...Caught lone TD of the season vs. Cleveland (12/15).

2007
Had career-best 3 TDs on the season...Caught season-long 50-yard pass against the Vikings at Minnesota (10/28)...Snared 2 TD passes at New England (11/25) to match his career-high...All 4 of his catches at New England (11/25) were 3rd-down conversions.

2006
Had 2nd-highest production of his career with 24 receptions and 348 yards on the season...Had 20 of his 24 catches go for 1st downs, including 13 on 3rd down, the highest percentage among the Eagles...Hauled in 2 TD passes and had 75 receiving yards vs. Green Bay (10/2) on Monday Night Football.

2005
Posted career-best 48 receptions and 561 receiving yards...Caught a pass in 15 of 16 regular season games...Matched career-high with 6 catches vs. Oakland (9/25) and had 70 receiving yards...Caught 1st career TD pass in the regular season vs. San Francisco (9/18).

2004
Raised his game to a new level in Eagles’ run to Super Bowl XXXIX, leading the team through the playoffs with 8 catches and 182 yards, scoring on a 30-yard TD strike from Donovan McNabb in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl...Had 183 yards receiving during regular season and 182 in the 3 playoff games...Caught a 30+ yard pass in all 3 Eagles postseason games, including a 52-yarder vs. Minnesota (1/16/05) in NFC Divisional Round game...Ran the ball on a double reverse at Chicago (10/3)...Notched 15 special teams tackles.

2003
Played in final 11 games and both playoff contests of rookie season...Inactive for opening 5 games of the season...Played in 1st career game at NY Giants (10/19)...Caught 1st career pass, an 18-yarder, at Atlanta (11/2).

COLLEGE
Ended Illini career ranked 10th in receptions with 103 and 8th in receiving yards with 1,456...Came to UI as a walk-on player after not getting a scholarship offer out of high school.

Earned All-State as a senior at Rich South High in Richton Park, IL...Had high school jersey #8 retired in 2004...Hauled in 13 TD passes on 56 receptions as a senior.

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