Eagles Pro Bowl tight end to speak on upholding moral standards

January 19, 2006

When Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl tight end Chad Lewis speaks at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law on Wednesday, Jan. 25, attendees may not hear about his most memorable play or his biggest game; what they will hear are his thoughts on choosing associations and developing habits that foster personal and professional success.

Lewis' presentation, "Surround Yourself with Greatness," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cafe Per Se of Trickett Hall, 150 South College Street, Carlisle. The event is free to the public.

Lewis' visit is being sponsored by the law school's J. Reuben Clark Law Society, a student organization dedicated to affirming the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. Through public service and professional excellence, the group works to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

"We invited Chad because, although not a lawyer, he has exemplified these standards in his personal and professional life. He has stood up for his own religious convictions in an environment -- among professional athletes and celebrities -- where it is not always easy to do so," said Terrell Lee, vice president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

"In particular he is speaking on the topic 'Surround Yourself with Greatness' because doing so has helped him to be successful personally and professionally. In a world of big money, pressure and loose morals, Chad has carried himself as the model professional. By maintaining his personal convictions, he cultivated the type of associations and habits that have brought him success, respect and recognition both as a pro football player and in his other endeavors," Lee said.

"Chad was a walk-on in college and was un-drafted in the NFL. He is an excellent example of someone who has fought against the odds and has done so without compromising," Lee explained.

Lewis' exemplary character is recognized throughout the NFL, and, in 2005, he was honored with the Ed Block Courage Award, which annually recognizes those NFL players who display and uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship and courage. Recipients are selected by their teammates on the basis of team effort and individual performance. Lewis also received the NFL Alumni Association's Helping Hands Award in 2001.

Now finishing his ninth season with the NFL, the 34-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler who originally signed with the Eagles in 1997 as a rookie free agent. Lewis spent all but one season, 1998, with the Eagles and has caught 229 passes for 2,361 yards and 23 touchdowns in 116 regular season games with Philadelphia. In 11 postseason games, Lewis tallied a team-high 38 receptions for 409 yards. His postseason record also boasts three touchdowns, two of which contributed to the team's victory in last year's NFC Championship game win over Atlanta. It was during that game that Lewis suffered a foot sprain that left him on the sidelines for Super Bowl XXXIX. He returned to play in November 2005 after nearly 10 months of recovery.

For more information on the presentation, contact the Office of Communications at (717) 240-5217.

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