Raider Greats CB/FS Albert Lewis

As it is Chiefs week I thought I would go over a Raider who was also a Chief. In the 1990s the Raiders and Chiefs exchanged a lot of players. Players such as Albert Lewis, Rich Gannon, Andre Rison and Harvey Williams went from the Chiefs to the Raiders and players such as Marcus Allen and Chester McGlockton went from the Raiders to the Chiefs.

One of the most underrated Cornerbacks in NFL history is Albert Lewis. Maybe it’s because he played for Raiders and Chiefs in the 80s and 90s, teams that never won anything. However, in terms of production and longevity Lewis was as good as any corner of his generation. 

Lewis was drafted in the third round out of Grambling in 1983. In his third season in 1985 Lewis had 8 INTs and returned a fumble for a TD. He made four straight pro bowls from 1987 to 1990 including being all pro twice. 

In 1994 the same year Harvey William transferred to the Raiders, Lewis also joined the Raiders. 

At the time of the signing Lewis was 34 years of age and the Raiders were hoping to get one or two years out of him. They ended up getting 5 years, including his final season when he played Free Safety. Ironically, he would get his only career INT for a TD In his final year of his NFL career in 1998 as a safety for the Raiders. That INT occurred when he was the tender age of 38 making him the oldest player in NFL history to return an INT for a TD.

An interesting tidbit about his career is he was a much better ball hawk for the Chiefs (38 INTs in 11 years in KC compared to 4 INTs in 5 years with the Raiders) but he was much better at rushing the passer and on corner blitzes for the Raiders (he only had 4.5 sacks in 11 years with the Chiefs and 8 sacks in his 5 years with the Raiders).

All and all Lewis was a great player for both teams and finished his 16 year career with 42 Interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries, 2 defensive TDs and 12.5 sacks. 

Below are highlights of Lewis from 1983 to 1990 with KC (the only career highlights I could find). The second video is the highlights of the 1998 game between the Seahawks and Raiders when Lewis became the oldest player in NFL history to record an INT TD.

The play comes in around the 15 seconds mark.