Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Tuesday, November 7

Teams To Honor Lewis' Son

Notre Dame and Air Force will honor the son of Irish defensive backs coach Bill Lewis during Saturday’s game at Colorado Springs.

Greg Lewis was an Air Force graduate and helicopter pilot who was killed during a 1998 training mission in Nevada. He was a walk-on football player for the Falcons in the late 1980s. He flew for the 66th Rescue Squadron in Nevada and the unit had an insignia representing the Jolly Green Giant’s feet. That insignia will be part of a decal both teams will wear on the backs of their helmets during Saturday’s game.

The idea came from another of Bill Lewis’ sons, Jeff, who emailed coach Charlie Weis about doing something to honor his brother. Weis set everything up before telling Bill Lewis (pictured).

“Bill and I have talked about this multiple times,” Weis said. “There’s nothing worse than losing one of your kids. I think any parent in the world would feel that way.”

The elder Lewis was previously the head coach at East Carolina and Georgia Tech before moving the to NFL as an assistant coach for nine seasons. He joined the Irish last season when Weis was hired.


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