Fallen Celtic: Remembering Reggie Lewis

March 30th, 2010 by Joe Gill Leave a reply »

We honor Reggie Lewis as the Boston Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month. He was a budding star for the Boston Celtics from 1987-1993. He died tragically during the summer of ‘93 at the age of 27. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

This would be Boston’s second tragedy over a seven year span. Lenny Bias, the college superstar from Maryland, died from a drug overdose before he ever played one game in Celtics Green. Coincidentally, both players hailed from the same state.

Reggie Lewis was a high school star with the 50-0 Dunbar High School team. He then left his home state of Maryland to attend Northeastern University in Boston.  He played for the Huskies from 1983-1987 while averaging 22.2 points per game during his collegiate career. He was also team captain and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Fittingly on January 21, 1989, Lewis had his No. 35 retired never to be worn again by another Northeastern Husky.

Like Bias, Lewis was chosen by the Celtics in the first round, 22nd overall.

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