Monday, February 3 2014, 11:43 AM MST
Person 2 Person: Chad Lewis
Chad Lewis played tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles when they played against the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl. Shauna Lake sat down with him Person to Person as he shared a valuable life lesson he learned during that game.
Shauna Lake: This is an exciting time of year for you with all this football.
Chad Lewis: This is big time.
Shauna Lake: I mean you were at the Super Bowl. There are very few people that can actually say that. What is the feeling like when you run on the field for that particular game?
Chad Lewis: I wish I could tell you because when I ran on to the field I actually went in my cart because I had a broken foot. I broke it catching a touchdown to help us get into the Super Bowl. It was really weird to run out the tunnel with my team mates and they get to run and I’m pushing my scooter. And that's where I realized my family is my Super Bowl. The game is 3 hours and you forget who won; I mean who won 2 years ago? I can't even remember. But I remember my family.
Shauna Lake: Tell me about your family. Your wife Michelle you've been married how many years now?
Chad Lewis: This year will be 20 so big time. That's right.
Shauna Lake: How did you meet her?
Chad Lewis: We met in the training room. She was a volleyball player at BYU; a two time all-American. And so imagine how I feel; I’m an All-pro football player and I’m not even the best athlete in my own house. We have 7 kids they are all exceedingly tall. My girls are awesome. My boys they are awesome too but they are still figuring it out. They sit at home and fight each other. And they are a blast.
Shauna Lake: I love the story about the caboose at the end.
Chad Lewis: The caboose at the end is a double caboose. We had twins and they are 5 years old. We had four and we thought we were done and we thought we wanted another one so we had five, and then we really thought we were done and we talked and we said ok let’s go for number 6 and I think those 2 little boys in heaven were like mom and dad are shutting it down we better go together. So we had twins. When Michelle called me that we were having twins my heart starting racing and I just thought we got to get a van; we've got to move.
Shauna Lake: It's been said that having a child is the most refining experience of a person's life. Have you found that to be true?
Chad Lewis: Absolutely; I wish is could see the refinement part. I just see the rough edge part. I see how much better I could be as a dad. I see how much more I can give and that's what I want to do. I want to be better.
Shauna Lake: And your life has kind of come full circle because you're at now at BYU. Tell me a little bit about that.
Chad Lewis: I love being at BYU, it is so much fun. I'm responsible for the fund raising part of the athletic department. And I love it. I get to be with the football team when they go on the road and when they are at home.
Shauna Lake: I think it’s so interesting when people have layers so you're a former NFL football player then you have 7 kids, then you speak mandarin Chinese fluently.
Chad Lewis: Unless you ask Chinese people and then they'd say he doesn't speak Chinese
Shauna Lake: So I’m assuming you learned that on an LDS mission?
Chad Lewis: Yes I went to Taiwan as a missionary and I loved it. I learned how to work; I learned how to care about other people. I learned Chinese which is still so hard. I read it every morning and it's still hard. I really learned to love other people and that's the greatest gift that any of us human beings can have is we have to love each other
Shauna Lake: And that's maybe one of the driving forces behind the wounded warrior. That was a touching program.
Chad Lewis: Yeah so I have done a lot of stuff with the military through my football career. The greatest thing was being a part of this trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with Teddy Bruschi of the Patriots and Jeff Fisher the head coach of the Rams and 4 wounded warriors. Two of the guys had their legs blown off one of the girls had her eye blown out and together we went to the top. Two of the warriors could not make it to the top one of them his stump got inflamed and so the day before we summited he had to go down. But teddy grabbed his leg and said ben we're taking this to the top of the mountain. Part of you is going to the top. And this tough marine started crying and he said teddy you're treating me like I’m one of your team mates and he said because you are.
Shauna Lake: That had to be a life changing experience for you.
Chad Lewis: It was nice, it was life changing to be able to have a glimpse into what they do to protect our freedom and defend our freedom and stand in harm’s way for us. And to them that's exactly what they are doing. They say don't treat us like heroes this is our duty but just don't forget us.
Shauna Lake: You use your Chinese to be an ambassador for football. Dave Fox even called me today and said he did play by play in Chinese during a Super Bowl to help get the Chinese people more involved in this sport. Is that right?
Chad Lewis: It was 38 between the patriots and the panthers. It was the first game it went live in Chinese. I covered the broadcast in color. It was so crazy. My Chinese language ability is all missionary language and so I testify that Tom Brady was throwing true passes. That's all I could do.
Shauna Lake: It’s been so good to get to know you better person to person. Thank you so much.
-Written and Produced by Angie Denison and Leslie Tillotson
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)