Bingo Caller Has Eyes Down For The Washington Redskins
Article published on October 10, 2009 12:15am
by Hannah Swales
Sherman Lewis, a retired senior working as the bingo caller for the bingo nights conducted at a Senior Center in Michigan, recently answered a call that took him all the way to Washington and the Redskins. Sherman Lewis had once been an NFL assistant but had retired for nearly five years, during which he participated in many games of bingo and worked as a bingo caller at the senior center. Lewis received the call from the Washington Redskins just as he was about to call for a bingo game; the elderly bingo caller was asked to leave bingo calling to become a "fresh set of eyes," for the Redskins Offense team. "I had to go to the senior center and cancel my bingo calling, and I had to cancel my Meals on Wheels today," said Sherman Lewis. Sherman Lewis is 67 years old and had once worked with the Detroit Lions in their 2004 season. Lewis was requested to get on a flight to Washington to see the team in action and provide his opinions. Many are of the opinion that the presence of the bingo caller and retired NFL assistant indicated a lack of confidence in the team’s coach Jim Zorn. Lewis is also expected to attend evening meetings with Dan Snyder (Redskins owner) and Vinny Cerrato executive vice president. Sherman Lewis silenced speculation that he was there to coach the team when he joined Zorn to view film from the Redskins Offense 16-13 victory against Tampa Bay. He also claimed that he was not in line for head-coach-in-waiting. "I talked to Jim about it last night, just to let him know that I'm just here to help. That's all I'm here for. I wasn't planning on coaching, so I'm not looking for anybody's job. I just thought it'd be a nice challenge. I thought it'd be a change for me, and I thought I might be able to help," Lewis commented. Offensive coordinator Sherman Smith did not seem to agree with the call to bring up the Bingo Caller and NFL assistant out of retirement. "I don't think he's going to tell us something we don't already know," Smith said. "I think we're doing the scheme the right way. If he sees something in our scheme that we don't see, I hope he can tell us. We think it's about the execution. ... The players are saying the same thing." "I don't feel like it's going to change a whole lot. But you never know what he has in store for us," Santana Moss said.