Lewis to Pursue NFL Career with New York Giants

Posted: May 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jai Lewis
Jai Lewis will be turning in his basketball jersey for pads and a helmet this spring.
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Senior Jai Lewis has played more men’s basketball games for George Mason than any other player in school history. Now, he’s on a mission to be the first George Mason student-athlete to make the leap to the National Football League.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound center of the basketball team has agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Giants.

Lewis, who was named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and All-Conference by the Colonial Athletic Association, began the process of preparing for a career in the NFL last month after participating in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-draft tournament for NBA hopefuls.

That tournament came just days after Mason’s trip to the NCAA Final Four. After playing well at the invitational tournament, Lewis returned to Fairfax, hired an agent and began working out in football-specific drills.

Last week, Lewis hosted nearly a dozen NFL scouts in a private workout that showed both his talent and potential. The Giants were one of the 11 teams to attend, and they contacted him at the conclusion of this weekend’s draft.

Lewis will be in New York on May 12 to sign a contract, and he will take part in a mini-camp beginning May 13.

Lewis last played football in high school, where he played offensive line, tight end, defensive end, fullback and punter.

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