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March 14, 2010

FOOTBALL: Niagara basketball player piques Packers' interest

All those times Tyrone Lewis went flying into the Gallagher Center grandstands, could he have been preparing to take the Lambeau leap?

Widely written off as an NBA prospect, the Niagara University senior said this week that he has on on-campus workout scheduled with the Green Bay Packers in early April, less than three weeks before the NFL draft.

Lewis plans to start "two-a-day" training sessions on Monday, gearing up for his football tryout in the mornings with Niagara's strength and conditioning, Matt Diegelman, and getting in the gym for basketball workouts later in the day.

"Basketball is still the first option, but now that I have another opportunity, I'm going to go after it, and I'm going to train hard for both," said Lewis, who is Niagara's career leader in steals and 3-pointers and the third all-time leading scorer. "I'm excited, but I'm not going to get too excited until after the workout."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Lewis was a standout cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pa., and as a junior, was receiving more recruiting calls to play football than basketball. His uncle, John Lewis, played at Pittsburgh in the early '80s and spent the strike-portion of the '87 NFL season with the Buffalo Bills.

"It's funny because my uncle told me before the basketball season, "Don't worry about basketball because you are going to play football again,' " Lewis said. "I laughed at him. But he must have known something I didn't."

Lewis said he received an e-mail from Eliot Wolf, assistant director of pro personnel for the Packers and the son of former general manager Ron Wolf, shortly after Niagara beat Siena in a nationally-televised game Feb. 12.

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