David Lewis, 1998 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

A true student-athlete who rose from humble beginnings in Auberry to become an all-conference quarterback at Stanford, a standout performer in the Canadian Football League and one of the best punters in National Football League history. Earned the attention of college scouts at Clovis High, where he starred in football and basketball. Capped his collegiate career by starting for the West all-stars in the 1966 Shrine Game. Despite being drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants, signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, for whom he played receiver, defensive back, quarterback and punter. Signed with the Bengals in ’70 and led the NFL in punting his first two seasons, averaging 46.2 and 44.8 yards to earn All-Pro recognition. He retired from the NFL with a career average of 43.7 yards, No. 7 on the all-time list. The longest kick of his career was 75 yards with the Alouettes, and he never had a punt blocked with the Bengals. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, had worked 28 years for the U.S. Department of Commerce, specializing in the management of affirmative-action programs.

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