Former Denver Broncos quarterback, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks coach Jeff Lewis dies, 39

Lewis appeared in 5 games for the Broncos

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -  

Former Denver Broncos quarterback and Northern Arizona assistant coach Jeff Lewis died Saturday. He was 39.

Northern Arizona confirmed Lewis' death. The school didn't provide a cause of death, saying only that Lewis died Saturday in Phoenix.

Lewis won Super Bowl XXXII with the Broncos as he appeared in five games for the team from 1996-98. In his two seasons with the club, he completed 10 of 19 passes for 79 yards and ran nine times for 41 yards.

Lewis also played in seven games with the Carolina Panthers in 1999-2000 and was with the New Orleans Saints from 2001-2002. He completed 28 of 54 attempts for 210 yards and threw two interceptions over his NFL career.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of former Broncos quarterback Jeff Lewis," the Broncos said in a statement. "Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Jeff's family and friends."

The Broncos selected Lewis out in the fourth round and 100th overall selection in the 1996 NFL Draft out of Northern Arizona.

As a player at Northern Arizona from 1992-95, Lewis completed 785 of 1,315 passes for 9,639 yards and 67 touchdowns. He was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame in 2003.

"Today is a very sad day for the Lumberjack football family," Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers said. "Jeff was one of the best Lumberjacks of all time and a valuable member of our program."

Lewis also coached three seasons at Louisville, serving as an offensive administration assistant in 2007 and 2008 and wide receivers coach in 2009.

This season he was Northern Arizona's wide receivers coach.

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