ELF: Prague Lions sign ex-Alabama defensive back D.J. Lewis

The Prague Lions have announced that they have signed defensive back D.J. Lewis ahead of their first season in the European League of Football.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Lewis played collegiately for the Alabama Crimson Tide, undoubtedly the most dominant college football program of the 2010s.  After being overlooked as a high school recruit, he joined Nick Saban’s program as a walk-on in the 2016 season and earned a scholarship ahead of the 2018 season.  In the 2018 season, he played in 11 games, and recorded six tackles.  He made his name as a special teams player, after earning praise from his coaches for his performance in that department.  During his time in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide appeared in three college football playoffs and won the championship following the 2017 season.

Lewis spent last season with the Znojmo Knights of the Austrian Football League.  In nine games, he recorded 32 tackles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions.  One of Lewis’ teammates with the Knights, another defensive back, Aleksandar Borkovic, signed with Prague earlier this month, so the two will be reunited in the Lions’ secondary.

Lions defensive coordinator Dan Disch said of the signing:

“I’m really excited that D.J. will be joining us this season.  He comes from a program, the University of Alabama, that’s second to none, and his character, his work ethic, and his football knowledge reflect that.  Can’t wait to get started.”

A current student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carter played football in high school and has been a lifelong avid football fan.