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Thaddeus Lewis returns to campus


Former Duke football player Thaddeus Lewis was back in Durham to prepare for his fifth season in the NFL.

“Miami is where I grew up and it’s home, but Duke is home too,” said Lewis. “It’s great to be able to come here and get the work in that needs to be done, but also to relax and be comfortable at the same time.”

In the 2013-2014 season Lewis started at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, completing 93-of-157 passes, amassing 1,092 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed 24 times for 52 yards and had one touchdown. He will be playing for the Bills in the 2014-2015 season, since he is still under contract.

He was undrafted in 2010 after completing his time at Duke, but signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent for one season. He received no playing time with the Rams.

In 2011, the Cleveland Browns picked up Lewis off of waivers. He didn’t suit up for any games in 2011 either. However, in 2012, he was added to the active roster after injuries to quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy. He played in one game for the Browns in 2012, completing 22-of-32 passes for 204 yards. He had one interception and one touchdown pass in that game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also added three rushing yards for the team in the 24-10 loss.

Back in his college days, Lewis played all but one game. He missed that one game during his junior season. During his time at Duke he played in 47 games, winning four straight bowl games. He completed 697-of-1,170 passes for 10,065 yards. He threw 67 touchdown passes and 40 interceptions. He also accounted for nine rushing touchdowns as well.

Following his senior season, he was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

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