Darryll Lewis attended high school at Nogales High School in La Puente, California, and excelled on the football field. Following high school, Lewis attended the University of Arizona. As a senior Lewis was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-American. He had 49 tackles, broke up 11 passes, and intercepted seven passes for 192 return yards and two touchdowns. Lewis also excelled on special teams with 11 punt returns for 220 yards. He won the 1990 Jim Thorpe Award as a cornerback for the University of Arizona, the first of two Wildcats to take home the award.
Following his career at Arizona, Lewis was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played 10 years in the NFL with the Oilers, Tennessee Titians, and San Diego Chargers. He made the 1995 Pro-Bowl, and finished his professional career with 32 interceptions, for 555 return yards and 5 touchdowns. He also recorded 5 sacks and 8 fumble recoveries, which he returned for 139 yards and one touchdown.
He currently resides in California with his family.
PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD
1990 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Darryl Lewis, University of Arizona