Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

D.D. Lewis

D.D. Lewis


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Mississippi State
  • High School: Knoxville, TN (Fulton HS)
  • Years: 1965-1967
  • Inducted: 2001
  • Place of Birth: Knoxville, TN
  • Date of Birth: Oct 16, 1945
  • Jersey Number: 53
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 225

Member Biography

D.D. Lewis played on losing teams but he was recognized as a star. Mississippi State was 7-23 in his three varsity seasons, but Lewis made all Southeastern Conference twice and All-America once. His All-America season was 1967. Opposing coaches praised him. Vince Dooley of Georgia called him "the best linebacker we faced." Bill Yeoman, Houston coach, called him "the best linebacker I saw all year." And Bear Bryant of Alabama went even further, calling him "no doubt about it, the best linebacker in the country." Lewis played in the Senior Bowl and the Blue-Gray Game. He had a pro career of 13 years with the Dallas Cowboys.