Saints Say Good-Bye to “Beer Man” Lewis


The Saints have cut kick returner and wide receiver Michael Lewis. Lewis gained notoriety when he earned a spot on the New Orleans Saints roster in 2001 when he was 29. Before he became a professional football player Lewis drove a beer truck. “Beer Man” made his mark as a kick returner and left the team as the career leader in kickoff returns and punt returns. He totaled 5,903 yards and 3 touchdowns on 243 career kick returns while finishing with 1,482 yards and 1 touchdown on 142 punt returns.

The 2002 season was definitely his best. Lewis set the Saints single season records for both kickoff and punt return yardage respectively. “Beer Man” also set a single season NFL record for combined return yards with 2,432. His performance that season earned him a spot in the pro bowl and on the AP All-Pro team.

The Saints also cut defensive end Willie Whitehead and waived undrafted rookie tackle Pete Dyakowski.

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