One of the best players to wear a Northern Arizona Lumberjack jersey, former quarterback Jeff Lewis, died Saturday in Phoenix, according to the Arizona Republic. He was 39.
Lewis served as an assistant coach on his alma mater's football team during the 2012 season and is a member of the Northern Arizona Athletics Hall of Fame. His exploits from 1991 to 1995 put him near the top of the list in multiple statistical categories. When his career was over, he was second in school history in passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts.
"This loss is felt throughout NAU Athletics, where Jeff's impact as a player, a coach and an outstanding person will always be remembered," said Lisa Campos, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, to the Arizona Republic. "We were deeply grateful for his return to the football program and wish our time together could have been longer. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time."
Lewis spent a few years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints from 1996 to 2002 after being drafted in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Broncos when they won Super Bowl XXXII. He played in 12 career games, including a career-high five in his final season in the NFL with the Panthers in 2000.