Lewis eager to catch Cup MVP title

ERIC FRANCIS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Having tied the franchise receiving record for consistency yesterday, Nik Lewis said he's focused on the two goals he entered the season with.

"I don't have too many goals," said the 26-year-old Stamps receiver on the heels of a monstrous outing.

"I want to get that 1,000 yards and I want to be Grey Cup MVP. That's all."

Long before he scampered 85 yards down the sideline for a touchdown as part of a five-catch, 135-yard day, the fifth-year receiver hauled in a 14-yard strike in the first half of a 42-5 win that tied him with Allen Pitts with 85 straight games with a catch.

"Anytime you can get a record like that it means a lot, but he's got 85 and 82-game streaks," pointed out Lewis, who has caught a pass every single game he's played in for the Stamps since 2004.

"He only had one game where he didn't get a catch or something -- I wish I could see that game and see what happened."

As it turns out, Lewis has never seen Pitts play live or on film. But that doesn't mean he isn't aware of how great a player No. 18 was from 1990 to 2000.

"I remember my rookie year I was sitting in film and I saw his name and picture on the wall and you want to be like that," said Lewis, unaware it was 13 years ago today Pitts' established the record.

"I want to be able to come back here in a long time and see my name on the wall. I heard he was really competitive and worked hard -- I want to be known for the same things."

In a season in which Lewis has been battered with injuries ranging from his back and ribs to his knee, the 5-foot-10 Texan is now tied for fourth in the league with nine touchdowns and sits just 98 yards away from recording his fifth-straight 1,000-yard season.

Pitts recorded more than 1,000 yards in nine of his 11 seasons.


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