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Albert Lewis

Albert Lewis

CB

1983-1993

Born: October 6, 1960 (Mansfield, LA)

College: Grambling

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1983 / 3rd Rd (61st overall)

Career Highlights:

  • Pro Bowl, 1987-90
  • Chiefs MVP, 1986
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007

There were 12 other defensive backs drafted before Albert Lewis in the 1983 NFL draft, but when the Chiefs picked the cornerback from Grambling in the third round, they found a star for the next decade. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Lewis would pick off 20 passes in his first four pro seasons and, by 1986, when the Chiefs were making their unlikely march to their first playoff berth in 15 seasons, the lithe, fleet cornerback won the team’s most valuable player award. Lewis made the first of his four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances the following season, by which time he’d developed a reputation as a smart, heady ballplayer, and a terrific technician in man-to-man coverage. He was also a demon on special teams, blocking a franchise-record 10 punts over the course of his 11-year career in Kansas City. What set Lewis apart from many of his contemporaries was an unsurpassed work ethic, exemplified by his exhaustive study of both scouting notes and videotape. “My focus is hypnotic,” Lewis said. “I put myself in a trance. When I’m in total focus – absolutely there – I can meet my fears head-on and defeat them.”

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