Mariucci Fond of Departing Lewis

Lions offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis, 62, is retiring after 22 years coaching in the NFL, he has informed Lions coach Steve Mariucci.

Lions offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis, 62, is retiring after 22 years coaching in the NFL, he has informed Lions coach Steve Mariucci.

Lewis, a two-time All-American halfback at nearby Michigan State University, leaves the game with four Super Bowl rings -- three as an assistant at San Francisco and one during his time at Green Bay.

Lewis was already with the Lions when Mariucci was hired two years ago, and Mariucci put him into the coordinator position. Although Lewis seldom called plays, he was involved in practice-planning and had considerable input in game-planning.

"Sherm and I go way back to the Green Bay days," Mariucci said. "He and I joined Mike Holmgren in 1992, and I've always had the utmost respect for Sherm Lewis.

"He's going to take time with his family and his wife, Toni, and enjoy himself. And he's going to stay close to the situation. He's a Detroit Lion forever, and we're going to miss him.

"I publicly want to say thank you to Sherm Lewis for everything he's done, not just for the Lions but for every organization he's worked for in the National Football League. He's a great man, a heck of a coach, and we're going to miss him."

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