Chad Lewis Athlete Profile

#96 Chad Lewis

Position: Tight End Height: 6-6 Weight: 235 Roster Years: 1993-1996 Hometown: Orem, UT Mission: Taichung, Taiwan Hall of Fame: 2007 Last School: Orem High School

Years at BYU

2010 to Present

Education

  • Attended UVSC before his LDS church mission
  • B.A. in communication studies from BYU, 1997

Prior to BYU

  • Philadelphia Eagles (1997-1999)
  • St. Louis Rams (1999-2000)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2000-2005)
  • Ambassador for the NFL in Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand.

Career Highlights

  • Author of a memoir entitled, Surround Yourself With Greatness
  • Was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2007

Hometown

  • Orem, Utah

Personal/Family

  • Served an LDS church mission in Taichung, Taiwan (Mandarin speaking), 1990-1992
  • Married to former volleyball All-American and Cougar Club Hall of Fame member Michele Fellows.
  • They have five children.

2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

A BYU football walk-on, Chad Lewis started in 22 games and finished his BYU career as one of the best tight ends in the nation. Lewis earned a number of accolades throughout his career at BYU including second team All-WAC, Honorable mention All-America and UPI and first team All-WAC. He also received the team’s John Farley Memorial Award for exemplifying excellence on and off the field.

The catch that first piqued fans' interest in Lewis may have been his one-handed touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone against Ohio State in the 1993 Holiday Bowl. In the 1996 Western Athletic Conference Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nev., Lewis caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help lead the Cougars to victory. 

Lewis, who also high-jumped on BYU's track and field team, blocked a total of five kicks throughout his collegiate career. In 1995 he blocked a PAT against San Diego State. The subsequent blocked field goals came in critical moments against New Mexico (1994), Notre Dame (1994), Colorado State (1993) and Air Force (1993). 

During his senior year, Lewis led his team to a victory over Kansas State at the 1996 Cotton Bowl with five catches for 79 yards. That same year he finished the season second in touchdown receptions among the nation's tight ends with five. He was fifth nationally in receptions by a tight end (37) and ninth in receiving yardage (420). 

Lewis also worked hard academically and was a three-time Academic All-WAC selection while also being named an Academic All-American his senior year in 1996. He also earned a spot on the College Football Association All-Academic Team. 

Lewis ended his career at BYU having caught a pass in 24 consecutive games. The Cougar walk-on hauled in a total of 111 passes for 1,376 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Shortly after graduating in 1997 with a degree in communication studies, Lewis signed as a rookie free agent with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. The three-time Pro-Bowl selection led all NFL tight ends in 2000 with 69 catches, becoming the first Eagle to exceed the 50-catch plateau since 1989. In 2005, Lewis made an appearance with the Eagles in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. 

Lewis is married to former volleyball All-American and Cougar Club Hall of Fame Member Michele Fellows. They have five children. Before coming to BYU 2010 to become the Associate Athletic Director, Lewis worked in Utah and served as the NFL's Ambassador to Southeast Asia, traveling to China, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

Career Highlights

  • Academic All-WAC 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Second-team All-WAC 1994
  • First-team All-WAC 1995, 1996
  • Honorable Mention All-American (UPI) 1995
  • ESPN Kelly Springfield Player of the Game vs. UCLA for five catches 1995
  • John Farley Memorial Award 1995
  • Academic All-American 1996
  • NCAA Post Graduate Scholar 1996
  • Honda Scholar-Athlete Nominee 1996
  • Semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award 1996

Before BYU

  • Captain of the football team at Orem High
  • Lettered twice in football and once in track
  • High-point scorer in track during the 1989 season
  • Served an LDS church mission in Taiwan

After BYU

  • Signed a rookie free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997
  • Led the Eagles and all NFC tight ends with 69 catches for 735 yards
  • Played in first Pro Bowl in 2000
  • Signed a four-year contract extension in 2000
  • Picked to serve as the long snapper and backup tight end on the NFC Pro Bowl squad
  • Served as the NFL's Ambassador to Southeast Asia
  • Currently serving as the associated AD at BYU 2010-present

Post-BYU Honors and Societies

  • NFL Pro Bowl 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Received second team All-NFL honors from The Associated Press
  • Had a season high of 41 receptions, 422 yards and six touchdowns in 2001
  • Made a super bowl appearance with the Eagles in 2005

Stats

Yr     Rec   Yds   TD   Long  Avg./R   Avg./G

1993   11    172    1    26      15.6    1.0

1994   32    328    2    31      10.3    2.9

1995   31    456    2    36      14.7    3.9

1996   37    420    5    30      11.4    2.6

1993 | Freshman Year

  • High jumper on the track team
  • Blocked a field goal at Colorado State and against Air Force
  • Had a four-yard TD reception from Tom Young at UCLA
  • Selected as receiver of the game vs. UTEP
  • Had three catches and one TD against Ohio State in the Holiday Bowl

1994 | Sophomore Year

  • Academic All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Second team All-WAC
  • Blocked field goals against New Mexico and Notre Dame
  • Had a 31-yard reception against Fresno State
  • In that ASU game he was part of an unusual reception, the longest pass play of the season which he caught from John Walsh, then lateraled to Jamal Willis for a 70-yard completion
  • Had TD catches against New Mexico and Utah
  • Had nine catches for 84 yards against Arizona State and selected as coaches’ player of the game
  • Had longest pass play of the season against Arizona State

1995 | Junior Year

  • Honorable mention All-America
  • UPI and first team All-WAC by the coaches and Football News
  • ESPN Kelly Springfield Play of the game vs. UCLA for five catches
  • Academic All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Personal best of 100 yards on four catches vs. AFA
  • Blocked a PAT vs. SDSU
  • Selected as coaches’ receive of the game vs. AFA and CSU
  • Personal best of six catches vs. SDSU
  • Scored a TD at Arizona State
  • Recipient of the team’s John Farley Memorial Award for exemplifying excellence on and off the field

1996 | Senior Year

  • Elected co-captain of the team
  • CFA All-Academic Team
  • All-WAC by the Houston Chronicle
  • Honda Scholar-Athlete Nominee
  • Semifinalist for the Fred Bilentnikoff Award
  • Tied for second among the nation’s tight ends with five TD catches
  • Fifth in receptions and ninth in receiving yardage among nation’s tight ends
  • Made 10 third down catches, three against Texas A&M, one vs. New Mexico, two vs. UNLV, one at TCU, one at Hawai'i and two at Utah
  • Had a fourth-and-goal TD catch against UTEP
  • Had 24 consecutive games with a catch
  • Had five catches for 79 yards against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl
  • Signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles