Darryll Lewis

American football player (born 1968)

American football player
Darryll Lewis
No. 29, 26
Personal information
Born: (1968-12-16) December 16, 1968 (age 55)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Nogales
(La Puente, California)
College:Arizona (1987–1990)
NFL draft:1991 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
  • Houston / Tennessee Oilers (1991–1998)
  • San Diego Chargers (1999–2000)
  • Denver Broncos (2001)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:465
Interception yards:555
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:8
Total touchdowns:7
Player stats at PFR

Darryll Lamont Lewis (born December 16, 1968) is an American former football cornerback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Arizona Wildcats, where he won the Jim Thorpe Award.[1] He was selected by the Houston Oilers in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft.

Early years

Lewis was born in Bellflower, California. He attended Nogales High School in La Puente, California.

Professional career

He was selected by the Houston Oilers in the second round (38th overall) of the 1991 NFL draft.[2][3] He was then traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and again in 2000. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1995 and was released by the Denver Broncos in 2001 after a 10-year career.[3]

Lewis finished his career with 32 interceptions, which he returned for 555 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also recorded 5 sacks and 8 fumble recoveries, which he returned for 139 yards and one touchdown.


He was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[4]

After playing career

Lewis began a coaching career, and was hired in March 2003 to coach the Oregon State University defensive backs. He resigned two months later, with the school citing personal reasons.[3]

In 2006, Darryll pleaded no contest to charges in two cases, and was sentenced to 32 months in prison by Supreme Court Judge Mark Nelson. The cases were related to felony counts of evading arrest and possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.[5]


  1. ^ "Jim Thorpe Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "1991 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Gimino, Anthony. "Top 50 football players in Arizona Wildcats history: No. 8 Darryll Lewis". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  4. ^ McCullough, Drew. "Darryll Lewis". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Former player Daryll Lewis pleads no contest". Patriots. Retrieved March 1, 2021.

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