Longtime NFL wide receiver Bobby Engram left Pittsburgh to take the same post with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month. To replace Engram, Paul Chryst has turned to yet another veteran NFL receiver.
Greg Lewis, the Panthers announced Wednesday, has been hired as Pitt’s new wide receivers coach. The former Illinois receiver has spent the past two seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level.
“Greg really impressed us with his knowledge, energy and desire to teach the game,” a statement from Chryst read. “His background as a college and NFL receiver will serve our players and staff well. I know he is excited to get started and we’re equally excited about him joining us in Pittsburgh.”
Upon the completion of an eight-year NFL playing career, Lewis began the coaching portion of his football career as a summer intern with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. He moved on to coach receivers at the University of San Diego later that year, then spent 2013 holding the same title at San Jose State.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to work with a great coach in Paul Chryst at a storied program like Pitt,” Lewis said. “We are going to work very hard to build on the great history that Pitt has. I’m a city guy and I just love the area where the university is located. Pittsburgh is an exciting city with tremendous football tradition. I’m looking forward to getting there and getting started.”
Lewis, though, will likely forever be known for being on the back-end of this Brett Favre-fueled play that earned the combo an ESPY in 2009: