Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Lewis died on Saturday, he was 39. Lewis was with the Broncos form 1996-1998, earning a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Broncos. He also spent time with the Carolina Panthers(1999-2001) and New Orleans Saints(2001-2002).
"We are deeply saddened by the death of former Broncos quarterback Jeff Lewis. Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Jeff's family and friends," the Broncos released in a statement.
Broncos V.P. John Elway, a teammate of Lewis with the Broncos also went to twitter to express his condolences.
"Jeff Lewis was a great teammate and brought great energy to me and team. He will be missed. My condolences to Jeff's family."
The Broncos selected Lewis in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Northern Arizona.
A member of the Northern Arizona University Hall of Fame, Lewis finished his career at Northern Arizona ranked second on the school's all-time lists for passing yards (9,639), touchdowns (67), completions (785) and attempts (1,315). His 59.6 pass completion percentage ranks second in Lumberjack annals. He holds the NCAA Division I-AA career record for the lowest interceptions percentage (1.82 pct.). Lewis earned third-team All-America and second-team All-Big Sky honors as a junior in 1994.
Lewis was currently an assistant on the NAU staff.
"This loss is felt throughout NAU Athletics, where Jeff's impact as a player, a coach and an outstanding person will always be remembered," Northern Arizona University Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics said. "We were deeply grateful for his return to the football program and wish our time together could have been longer. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time."