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Lewis, Sherman

(born: 1942) 

Sherman Lewis, born in Louisville, KY, was an All-State halfback on the Louisville Manual High School football team; he also earned letters in basketball and track and field.

An All-American in college, he came in third in voting for the Heisman Trophy while playing at Michigan State University, where he also excelled in track and field. Sherman Lewis played professional football for a brief period for the Toronto Argonauts and the New York Jets.

It was Sherman's dream to become a head football coach, but it never happened. But for 14 years, Lewis was an assistant football coach at Michigan State (1968-1982); then an assistant running backs coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 1983 to 1992, during which time the team won three Super Bowls; and an offensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers (1992-2000), who  won a Super Bowl during his tenure. Prior to retiring in 2004, Lewis was also part of the coaching staff for Minnesota and Detroit.

In 1994, Lewis was inducted into the Dawhares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

For more see "Sherman Lewis: former Spartan football and track standout," 9/04/2001, at; 1994 Dawhares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class at; Tucker, Cody "'Who wore it best' at Michigan State: No. 20" at, May 17, 2018; Hendricks, Martin, "Sherman Lewis helped bring championship back to Green Bay," at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (online), May 20, 2015; "Sherman Lewis" at; and Who's Who Among African Americans, 1990-2006.

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