Chamblee adds NFL great to coaching staff

Chamblee High School’s football coaches announced that a former National Football League (NFL) rushing leader will join the staff for the 2024 season.

Former Baltimore Raven, Tennessee Volunteer, and Douglass Astro standout Jamal Lewis will fill the team’s director of college recruiting role, a position that assists athletes in getting exposure and navigating their recruiting process.

According to his Pro Football Reference, Lewis was the NFL rushing leader in 2003, when he also earned Pro Football Writer Association MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and NFL First Team All Pro honors. He finished his NFL career with 12,484 rushing yards and 62 touchdowns and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie in 2000. Lewis had 103 yards and a touchdown in his Super Bowl win, becoming just the second rookie with 100 rushing yards in a Super Bowl, according to his Pro Football Reference page.

Lewis—a member of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame—was also a standout at Douglass High School and University of Tennessee before he reached the NFL, experience that could also help him in his venture as Chamblee’s director of college recruiting.

At Douglass, Lewis was ranked as one of the top running backs in the country by several publications. He ran for 68 touchdowns between his sophomore and senior seasons at Douglass and would finish his career at Tennessee with more than 3,000 all-purpose yards, playing alongside Peyton Manning and other Southeastern Conference greats. Lewis was named a Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC during his college career.

Lewis is coming to Chamblee with the football program finding some of the best success it has had in its history, and he joins a staff that also includes former Florida State University quarterback Fabian Walker, who also won a national championship at Valdosta State University,

Chamblee’s 2020 season marked the Bulldogs’ first season with more than five wins since 2013. Since then, Chamblee has gone 27-12 and has two playoff appearances and a playoff win. The program won its first playoff game since 2007 with a 62-13 victory over McIntosh High School in 2022, highlighting one of the biggest program turnarounds in DeKalb.

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