Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Spotlight: Michael Lewis II ‘07

2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Lewis '07 of Football. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)
2018 Adrian Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Lewis '07 of Football. (Images by AC Shipman Library Archives)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, will induct the 2018 class of the Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday as part of Homecoming activities. The ceremonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Tobias Center of Ritchie Hall, preceded by the Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).

This year's honorees include Walter Chany Jr '69 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Lauree Dermyer '05 (Volleyball), Lindsey Eshelman '09 (Volleyball/Tennis), Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tennis/Field Hockey), Vincent Harkins '97 (Soccer) and Michael Lewis II '07 (Football).

Today's spotlight feature is on Michael Lewis II '07 who played football for the Bulldogs from 2002 to 2005.

All-American Many Times Over

Lewis is arguably the most decorated Bulldog in the team’s history with six All-America citations from three organizations: D3football.com, Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

MIAA Distinction

His best season came in 2005 when he was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defensive most valuable player and earned his place on the all-conference first team for his last three years. In MIAA games-only, he was first in tackles for loss (17), TFL yardage (90), tied for second in sacks (7), first in sack yardage (49) and made 33 stops (24 solo) overall. In that senior campaign, he received first-team All-America accolades by D3football.com and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.

Records, Records, Records

Lewis was a force at defensive end as he became the program’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 40-1/2--for 265 yards, a school record until it was broken last season after Damon Fuller's career wrapped up--among 143 career tackles. He ranks second behind Fuller in TFL (60-1/2) and TFL yardage (336). He also owns the AC single-game sacks record with four. 

Successful Professional Career

After his collegiate tenure with the Bulldogs, Lewis embarked on a nine-year Arena Football League2 career with eight teams. He made his mark with the Utah Blaze where he made the 2011 All-AFL Second Team and his second stint with the AFL1's Iowa Barnstormers where he became the first AFL player to notch three-straight double-digit sacks seasons (2011-13).

A three-time All-AFL pick, Lewis had his best season statistically with 31 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 17 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles in his return to the Barnstormers in 2013. 

He retired from the AFL ranked third in all-time sacks. He concluded his AFL career after he was traded to the Los Angeles KISS in exchange for two players on May 24, 2016. He was signed by the Albany Conquest as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

What He's Doing Now

Lewis parlayed a degree in mass communication media studies to become founder and CEO of the Lewis Hive Foundation, a non-profit is for community activism and charitable donation for Lupus Research. He also is a member of the Lions Club and active on the board of the Lupus Foundation of America.

He has two children: Ariyana, 14; and Aniya, 5.

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Previous HOF Inductee Spotlights
Walter Chany Jr. ‘69 (Monday, Oct. 1)

Jill Green Pedersen '91 (Tuesday, Oct. 2)

Vincent Harkins '97 (Wednesday, Oct. 3)