Athletes come and go through teams and cities. Some stay in the spotlight, while others can be lost with the passage of time.

It is those athletes about whom we ask: Where Are They Now?

Chad Lewis

Then: Pro Bowl (2000, 2001, 2002) and All-Pro (2000) Eagles tight end.

Now: Associate athletic director for development at Brigham Young University

Chad Lewis, 47, found solace during the most disappointing moment in his NFL career.

A week before, the Eagles tight end had injured his shoulder during a win in a 2005 NFC divisional playoff game.

Raised in a family of devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lewis received a blessing from his father that he would be healthy enough to play in the NFC Championship Game.

With just over three minutes left in that game, against the Atlanta Falcons, Lewis hauled in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to seal the 27-10 victory.

Chad Lewis broke his foot making this touchdown catch in the 2005 NFC Championship Game.
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Chad Lewis broke his foot making this touchdown catch in the 2005 NFC Championship Game.

As Lewis sat in the end zone soaking up the euphoria erupting around him, he knew this was as good as it was going to get for him.

He had heard the snap in his left foot during the play. He knew it had broken.

His team, the one that had lost three consecutive NFC championship games, was going to Super Bowl XXXIX, but he was not going to play.

"It was the best [and] worst day of my life," said Lewis, who caught two touchdown passes against Atlanta. "We were going to the Super Bowl, but I wasn't going to get to play. That was my dream since I was a little kid.

"When I was sitting on my butt celebrating, I was thinking about that blessing. I knew everything was going to be OK.

"I was the last player to enter the field at the Super Bowl, and I'm on this little scooter. I realized my Super Bowl was being there with my family that supported me. It was real and a powerful moment."

If Lewis had played, would it have made a difference in the 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots?

In six seasons he had developed a bond with McNabb. He was the guy McNabb looked to when things broke down.

"I knew how Donovan thought," Lewis said. "He knew how I thought and moved, caught the ball.

"I just think that had I been healthy, I could have been a contributing factor in maybe beating [the Patriots]  that year instead of the Eagles having to wait 13 more years to get them."

After retiring after the 2005 season, Lewis retired to his home state of Utah. He was the general manager for the Pacific Steel Co. During a two-year mission in Taiwan, Lewis became fluent in Mandarin, which led to his also working for the NFL as an ambassador in Asia.

Chad Lewis runs a clinic for the NFL in Beijing.
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Chad Lewis runs a clinic for the NFL in Beijing.

In 2010, Lewis was hired by Brigham Young, his alma mater, as an associate athletic director for development.

"I love that aspect of the job," said Lewis, who walked on to the BYU football team and worked his way into a UPI honorable-mention All-American. "I love talking to the players in all the sports, especially tight ends. I'm still partial to that position."

Lewis is also still partial to Philadelphia and the Eagles. He attended Super Bowl LII in January, when the Birds got revenge against the Patriots and won their first Lombardi Trophy.

"Not only did I feel it, but I was hugging and crying with drunk strangers after that game," Lewis said. "That was so awesome.

"Philadelphia is a unique sports town. Those fans recognize hard work. I think they always treated me so well because I worked my butt off and gave everything that I had. That's what Philadelphia responds [to]. If you're a big hat with no cattle, they'll throw you out of the stadium."