The Freedom Festival announced today that this year's Stadium of Fire will be hosted by former BYU and professional football player Chad Lewis.

A native of Orem, Lewis played football at BYU in the 1990s. He was drafted in 1997 to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first Eagle to exceed 50 catches since 1989, with 69 successful receptions. He won a Super Bowl title with the NFL's St. Louis Rams in 1999, then returned to play for the Eagles until 2005. Lewis is currently working in fundraising and development for BYU's athletic department, and recently climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of wounded military veterans.

Chad Lewis speaks fluent Mandarin, and has visited China several times to participate in local football camps. He once spoke at a July 4th celebration in China. Lewis' recent biography, "Chad Lewis: Surround Yourself with Greatness", takes readers through his journey as a football star and family man. Chad and his wife, Michelle, have seven children and live in Cedar Hills.