Dion Lewis, born September 27, 1990, is a running back for the National Football League’s (NFL) New England Patriots. Lewis began his football career in high school for Blair Academy, where he was a part of two MAPL championships and earned a New Jersey state prep title. Lewis played college ball for the University of Pittsburgh, and was drafted into the NFL in 2011, as a fifth round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles..
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In his freshman season at the University of Pittsburgh, in 2009, Dion Lewis totaled more than 1,799 rushing yards, in addition to 17 touchdowns. In October of the 2009 season, Lewis was featured in Sports Illustrated, having been named Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the win against Big East rival, Rutgers.
Dion Lewis was the only freshman among just four running backs named on the list of 15 ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Lewis found himself amongst the 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell award, and was the only freshman in the 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award.
Dion Lewis broke records during his freshman season, including the Big East rushing record, previously held by Tony Dorsett, LeSean McCoy’s record for most points by a Pitt freshman in the Big East championship game, and Dorsett’s record for most rushing yards by a Pitt freshman. Lewis was also named the MVP of the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
At the conclusion of his first regular season, Dion Lewis was named the National Freshman of the Year by the ‘Sporting News’ and CBSSports.com, the Offensive Freshman of the Year by ‘College Football News,’ a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, ‘Sporting News,’ CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, Rivals.com, and Scout.com. Lewis was named both the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, and was titled the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Lewis’ sophomore season in 2010 was interrupted by an upper-body injury, and his best game of the season was its finale. Lewis announced, in January 2011, he would forgo his junior and senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
Dion Lewis was selected in the fifth round, as the 149th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 draft, signing a four-year contract worth $2.2 million. His rookie season with the Eagles was spent largely on the bench, playing only as a kick returner, though he did record his first career NFL touchdown. Lewis played a similar role in his second season in 2012, as a kicker, and only got running time after Week 12.
Dion Lewis was traded to the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho in 2013, but missed the whole season due to a fractured fibula, and was eventually cut by the Browns in August 2014. Lewis found himself signed with the Indianapolis Colts on September 9, 2014, only to be released a few days later on September 16th. He did not play the rest of the 2014 season.
The New England Patriots signed Dion Lewis to a future/reserve deal in December of 2014, and Lewis played his first game for the team in September 2015, after two years of not playing. After a satisfactory 3-game start, Lewis signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots, which ran through 2017, including a $600,000 signing bonus and $1.8 million in incentives for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. After just a couple more games in the season, Lewis tore his ACL, which caused him to miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Dion Lewis was placed on the Reserve/PUP list to start the 2016 season, after he needed surgery for his knee. Lewis was activated to the active roster in November, 2016. Lewis made history on January 14, 2017, becoming the first Super Bowl era player to score touchdowns on a run, reception, and kickoff in the same postseason game, against the Houston Texans. Lewis played in the Pats’ Super Bowl LI win.
Dion Lewis began the 2017 season as a reserve running back, eventually becoming the Pats’ primary kick returner, not playing much in the beginning of the season. After Week 5, Lewis’ role changed to primary first and second-down runner. After the position change, Lewis was named ‘Sunday Night Football’s’ AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and ran for a career-high 112 yards in a win against the Miami Dolphins. Lewis topped his own high, recording a new career-high 129 yards and recording first career two rushing touchdown game.
The 2017 season was the first time Dion Lewis played in all 16 regular season games. During the playoffs, leading up to Super Bowl LII, Lewis was the Patriots’ top runner, accumulating 101 yards on the ground in just two games.
In December 2015, Dion Lewis signed a two year contract worth $2.6 million with the New England Patriots $600 thousand of which is guaranteed. In all, we estimate Dion Lewis net worth in 2018 at $20 million.