GFL: Marburg Mercenaries sign veteran DB Darius Lewis

The Marburg Mercenaries of the German Football League have signed veteran defensive back Darius Lewis.

Lewis joins a Mercenaries team looking to make the post season for the first time since 2019.

The well-travelled defender comes to the GFL after playing across many countries in his career, joining a Mercenaries team aiming for a vast improvement this year under second-year head coach Augie Stevens.

Most recently, the 5’9″ defensive back had a whirlwind of a season in 2022 initially playing for the Tychy Falcons of Poland. Lewis was an impact defender, special teamer, and running back for the Falcons before a coaching change led to a roster shake-up. Lewis then played two games in the European League of Football for the Istanbul Rams before being released. He went on to play for a championship contender in the Helsinki Wolverines of the Finnish Maple League.

Prior to last year, Lewis played in Sweden helping the Carlstad Crusaders win back-to-back championships. During the 2020 campaign, the Gaithersburg, Maryland native recorded 24.5 tackles including four tackles for loss and a pick. In the title game, he led the Crusaders with 5.5 tackles including five solos and a sack.

Prior to arriving in Europe, the 29-year-old was a two-year starter at Northern Arizona (NCAA D1 FCS) where he amassed 117 tackles. His international resume includes stops in Germany (Straubing Spiders, Albershausen Crusaders)Ukraine (Uzhgorod Lumberjacks), Turkey (Koc Rams), and Hungary (Budapest Wolves). During his time in Europe, Lewis has collected five total championships in SwedenHungaryGermany, and Turkey.

Read more about Darius Lewis’s football journey.

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