Cedar Rapids Adds Pair Of Defensive Backs

Cedar Rapids Adds Pair Of Defensive Backs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – The Cedar Rapids River Kings have signed defensive back Brad Muhammad and defensive back Na'Shawn Lewis to their 2019 Indoor Football League season.

The 5'10, 195-pound corner will be entering his rookie season in professional football with the River Kings, after having earned a scholarship at Florida International University his senior season. Muhammad was previously a walk-on for the Panthers.

In his senior year he totaled four interceptions, ranking second in school history in a single season, including one returned for a touchdown in FIU's 41-30 win at Marshall. He also recorded a career-high 10 tackles in the contest. Muhammad was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his effort.

After the season, Muhammad was named to the 2017 Conference USA Second Team, wrapping up his season with 51 total tackles and helping the Panthers to an appearance in the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Muhammad racked up 904 yards and 11 touchdowns on 45 catches during his senior season at Admiral Farragut Academy. He also He played corner and returned kicks, earning Class 2A first-team All-State honors. Following his prep career, Brad converted to the defensive side of the ball full-time.

Lewis (6'1, 210, University of St. Francis) comes to the River Kings by way of the Champions Indoor Football league. In 2018 with the Amarillo Venom, he totaled 48 tackles, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles.

During his collegiate career at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana (2012-2016), Na'Shawn was a part of a recruiting class that would bring the program back to dominance in the Mideast League of the Midstate Football
Association. The Cougars went on to make playoff appearances in four of the five years Lewis was at Saint Francis and finished first in the MEL three times.

In 2016, Na'Shawn's senior season, SFU made their fourth-ever appearance in the NAIA Football National Championship and secured their first national title with a win over No. 2 Baker 38-17 at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Na'Shawn is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and played his prep career at Ben Davis High School.