Former 'Cane Lewis working to achieve NFL dream

Former 'Cane Lewis working to achieve NFL dream

Peter Ariz
Jeremy Lewis was a part of the University of Miami’s highly touted 2008 recruiting class out of Palm Beach Lakes High School. Lewis came to Miami as a defensive tackle before switching to the offensive line and played a big role in the guard rotation during his junior and senior seasons. After finishing up his fifth-year senior season last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Lewis as an undrafted rookie where he was with the team for a portion of minicamp as well as training camp. Despite not sticking with the Bucs, Lewis has not given up his dream.

“My dream is to play in the NFL and right now I’m just staying in shape. I’ve already received feedback from a couple of teams so now I’m just waiting for that phone call so that when I get it, I’ll be ready,” said Lewis.

The former Miami Hurricane has stuck to a routine that he hopes will propel him into the league.

“I’m working out at 7 AM every day and then coming back at 9-9:30 to eat and relax before I go back out to work at like 2 o’clock. It’s going to be the same thing every day before I get that phone call.”

Lewis is grateful for the opportunity Tampa Bay gave him and says it was a learning experience for him.

“I always was mature and picked things up quickly, but I learned about just being in shape. Coach Schiano was a great coach and him and Coach Golden know each other very well and he told me to continue to stay in shape because he would love to bring me back.”

Dating back to his college days, Lewis has been a man of faith. He has been known for posting inspirational messages on social media and those around him look up to him for advice.

“My faith in God is real, man. I came from a rough neighborhood, graduated from high school, then came and graduated from one of the best universities in America so I just need to keep chasing my dream. God knows my desires and needs and the goals I want to achieve so I know his work is there. I just need to grind hard and pray hard because I know God will handle the rest.”

Athletes have different things that drive them to make it and be great, so what is that for Lewis?

“I see my mom living check-to-check every month trying to pay her mortgage and she’s struggling with gas money and I have a daughter that’s 4-years-old. I don’t want my daughter to go through that struggle and my mom just turned 51-years-old and I don’t want her living check-to-check anymore so that’s what motivates me every day.”

There has been a lot of talk over the past few years about the importance that Al Golden places on leadership within the team. Lewis says that was something that he believes helped change the culture surrounding the program.

“We had other guys on the team like Mike James who people looked at as a leader, myself, and Brandon McGee. A lot of guys on the team looked up to me because they seen how my career went and how things started happening for me over my last couple years and how my daughter motivates me and my faith in God. When I told them to do right in the team meeting or something like that, they felt like ‘Oh man, J-Lew must be right because he’s been here for so long’.”

Lewis credits a lot of his success over his past couple seasons at Miami to Golden.

“Coach Golden has a system set up where if you follow the process he had, you will be successful on the field and in the classroom and just become a better person because of it. I can really truly say that Coach Golden helped me change my mindset and the way I approached things walking into that building every day. If Coach Golden never came, I don’t think I would be in the position I am right now with the opportunity to one day play in the NFL.”

Not only did Lewis see the transformation in himself, but he has seen those same forces at work watching the 2013 Miami Hurricanes.

“I watched the Florida game and just watched the USF game. For the young guys, it’s like going into the NFL trying to be a veteran when you’re a rookie instead of going up to a veteran and asking them to teach you the ropes. You had freshman on the field last year trying to come in there being that guy and making mistakes so that’s how I looked at it. Once they saw that things don’t always work when you try to do them your way, I guess it hit them over the summer and now they’re really picking up what the coaches have taught them to do.”

After his playing days are over, the West Palm Beach native wants to be able to give back to the community – young kids in particular.

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t always the best kid and I did a lot of wrong. God blessed me to play this game that I love, so I want to do something in the sense of helping young kids about 13-14 years old and let them know you don’t have to do things to fit in or whatever. There’s nothing wrong with doing right.”

What advice would he give an aspiring youth football player today?

“For one, I hope they believe in God because nothing is given to you. You have to grind hard, pray hard, and respect others. I believe our life was written in stone before it even started so everything will always be there but you have to overcome adversity.”
 

Comments (15)

right here, this passage/quote from Lewis:

“Coach Golden has a system set up where if you follow the process he had, you will be successful on the field and in the classroom and just become a better person because of it. I can really truly say that Coach Golden helped me change my mindset and the way I approached things walking into that building every day. If Coach Golden never came, I don’t think I would be in the position I am right now with the opportunity to one day play in the NFL.”

That's my coach...
 
Wow! Good read. Wishing u nothing but the best of luck and hoping u reach your goal.
 
Definitely rooting for him. Not just because he's a Cane, but because he seems like a good, genuine person.
 
People talk all the time about how rough Miami and Liberty City is, but Riviera Beach is as ruthless as it gets -- I had 4 (that's not a misprint) teammates on my high school basketball team murdered in 4 years. Even if dude never plays in the league, he's another success story.
 
Always root for ex canes especially the ones that got let down during those Coker/ shammin years

So much potential wasted
 
Man, that's a good read Pete.

Sometimes you gotta just shake your head at the group of guys who didn't want to stick it out here. You see guys like Lewis, Ben Jones, Davon Johnson, Wheeler, Cornelius.....on and on and on.

Best of luck to a kid who stuck it out.
 
Good stuff young Pete.

Hope Lewis gets that call soon.
 
If Schiano gets fired by the Bucs, could you guys see him coming here?
 
Nice piece Pete.
You have really found your calling.

Also, best of luck to that young man Lewis.
 
Good of luck young man. Thank you for confirming that we do indeed have a fantastic coach. My The Good Lord protect you in all that you do.
 
People talk all the time about how rough Miami and Liberty City is, but Riviera Beach is as ruthless as it gets -- I had 4 (that's not a misprint) teammates on my high school basketball team murdered in 4 years. Even if dude never plays in the league, he's another success story.

it slowly has been getting known about THE RAW....

I played in college with Devin Hester's cousin...and when we came down i went up t o Rawvera to hang with him and a few of the Rawvera guys like Dajuan Morgan(NC STATE) and Mike Merrit(ucf)...man that sh*t reminded me of Liberty City foreal.

Then my Best friend and neighbors dad became a cop for the city of riviera beach and dude was like...man this place is a war zone at times....oh ya people dont mess with Hester or his people/fam up there....eddie johnson like goons around him.

Think J-Lew can carve out a niche in the CFL actually....he needs to get in touch with SHERKO...or some of the other um guys up there...guys LIke Anthony Reddick, Sherko, Figs are up there now and playing legitimate ball....its always good to get solid checks up there...while nfl season is going on and then get oTA'S and training camp money in te offseason
 
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People talk all the time about how rough Miami and Liberty City is, but Riviera Beach is as ruthless as it gets -- I had 4 (that's not a misprint) teammates on my high school basketball team murdered in 4 years. Even if dude never plays in the league, he's another success story.

it slowly has been getting known about THE RAW....

I played in college with Devin Hester's cousin...and when we came down i went up t o Rawvera to hang with him and a few of the Rawvera guys like Dajuan Morgan(NC STATE) and Mike Merrit(ucf)...man that sh*t reminded me of Liberty City foreal.

Then my Best friend and neighbors dad became a cop for the city of riviera beach and dude was like...man this place is a war zone at times....oh ya people dont mess with Hester or his people/fam up there....eddie johnson like goons around him.

Think J-Lew can carve out a niche in the CFL actually....he needs to get in touch with SHERKO...or some of the other um guys up there...guys LIke Anthony Reddick, Sherko, Figs are up there now and playing legitimate ball....its always good to get solid checks up there...while nfl season is going on and then get oTA'S and training camp money in te offseason

Steve Fields (now the NW coach) was about the only white boy who could roll down Tamarind at night toward Riviera and survive. And even he had about a 50% chance of seeing tomorrow. I was pretty protected in that day, especially because I knew the Parson boys, but even I wouldn't f*ck around in that area. We produced some of the best ballers in Florida history -- Ant Carter, Hester, R. Relford, Darrel Mitchell -- but the best I ever laid eyes on, guys like Bryan Proby, never made it to their 18th birthday. That's why I love to see articles like this. Most of the people on this board simply do not understand how long the odds are for these kids.
 

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