May 17, 2023

New Receiver Lewis Ready to Lead Elks Back to the Top

Eugene Lewis wasted no time getting to know everyone after arriving in Edmonton last week.

First the new Edmonton Elks receiver was introduced to teammates and coaches at Commonwealth Stadium. Then he met the people of his new home city.

“We were downtown, talking to people, and you could really tell how much these fans just want to win,” Lewis said. “That’s all they want to do, is win. They want to support us, so that’s really what we have to do, we have to come out here and give the fans and everybody an exciting show so we can pack this stadium and just do great things.”

It was only three months ago that Lewis signed with the Green and Gold after spending the first five seasons of his CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes. The pass-catching sensation was awarded the Terry Evanshen Trophy as the CFL East Division’s Most Outstanding Player in 2022, while earning his third consecutive CFL East All-Star selection.

When Lewis joined the Alouettes in 2017, Montreal was in the midst of a four-season playoff drought. The Alouettes have since qualified for the postseason in each of the last four seasons and in 2022 advanced to the East Final for the first time since 2014. Lewis relishes the chance to similarly help the Elks get back to their winning ways, but with his sights set even higher.

“This is a historic organization,” said Lewis. “I’ve been in a situation where you lose for a couple of years and then you switch it (up), so that’s what I’m here to do.”

Over 68 career regular season games, Lewis has 276 receptions for 4,347 yards, with 28 touchdown catches. Having just turned 30, he’s now at that stage where he’s as impactful in the room as on the field.

“I’m taking my leadership responsibilities to the next level,” said Lewis. “At this time in my career I’m a vet in the room. So for me, every year I have to take that next step to keep elevating my game and elevating the other players that are around for me.”

Lewis and the Elks continue training camp at Commonwealth Stadium this week in preparation for their first pre-season game on 2023, May 22 on the road against the Calgary Stampeders.


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