Eric Metcalf

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Eric Metcalf
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Running back / Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-01-23) January 23, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 1989
Last played in 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Return Touchdowns 12
PR yards 3,453
KR yards 5,813
Stats at NFL.com

Eric Quinn Metcalf (born January 23, 1968) is a former American football running back and wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the Browns, Falcons, Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers, Redskins and Packers. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the Browns and the Chargers. He was also the 1988 US Track and Field Champion in the long jump and a two-time NCAA Champion in the same event.

High school career[edit]

Metcalf attended Bishop Denis J O'Connell in Arlington County, Virginia. In high school Metcalf competed in both football and track and field.

College career[edit]

Metcalf attended and played college football at the University of Texas where he was an All-Southwest Conference selection three times. He was the 1987 Southwest Conference player of the year and a 2nd team All-American. He is the only player in Texas history to lead the team in all-purpose yards all 4 years and holds every school receiving record for a running back.

Track and field[edit]

Metcalf also had a distinguished career in track and field. In high school, he was a standout long jumper, and still has the seventh longest distance ever posted indoors by a USA high schooler with a jump of 7.75 meters.

In college, he still holds the University of Texas long jump record at 8.44 meters. He won the NCAA National Long Jump Championship in 1986 and 1988 and the SWC Long Jump titles in 1986 and 1987. He was also the Us Jr. National Long Jump Champion in 1986 and 1987. He earned the distinction of being a five-time All-American and in 1988 competed in the USA Olympic Trials, finishing 8th overall.

Professional career[edit]

A multi-talented player, Metcalf excelled at offense and as a returner on special teams. In his second NFL season, he led the league in kickoff return yards (1,052) and return touchdowns (two). He also led the NFL in punt return touchdowns in four different seasons (1993–1995, 1997). Overall, Metcalf finished his career with 2,392 rushing yards, 541 receptions for 5,572 yards, 3,453 punt return yards, and 5,813 yards returning kickoffs. This gave him a total of 17,230 all-purpose yards, ranking him among the NFL's top 10 in that category at the time of his retirement. He also scored 55 touchdowns (12 rushing, 31 receiving, ten punt returns, two kickoff returns). His 12 returns for touchdowns are the third most in NFL history behind Devin Hester and Brian Mitchell. Metcalf's 10 punt return touchdowns were an NFL record, until October 2, 2011 when Devin Hester broke it against the Carolina Panthers. He is the only player ever to have 7,000+ yards on offense and 7,000+ yards on kickoff/punt returns.[citation needed]

Metcalf was traded along with two first round and one second round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers to the Arizona Cardinals for moving one spot in the 1998 NFL Draft to pick quarterback Ryan Leaf.

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[1]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1989 CLE 16 54 397 7.4 68 4 0 0 0
1990 CLE 16 57 452 7.9 35 1 0 0 0
1991 CLE 8 29 294 10.1 45 0 13 0 0
1992 CLE 16 47 614 13.1 69 5 25 2 1
1993 CLE 16 63 539 8.6 49 2 21 1 1
1994 CLE 16 47 436 9.3 57 3 21 2 2
1995 ATL 16 104 1,189 11.4 62 8 53 0 0
1996 ATL 16 54 599 11.1 67 6 33 0 0
1997 SD 16 40 576 14.4 62 2 24 1 1
1998 ARI 16 31 324 10.5 29 0 18 0 0
1999 CAR 16 11 133 12.1 33 0 6 0 0
2001 WSH 10 4 19 4.8 9 0 0 0 0
Career 179 541 5,572 10.3 69 31 214 6 5

Returning Stats[1]

Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
1989 CLE 16 0 0 0 0 0 31 718 0 0 49
1990 CLE 16 0 0 0 0 0 52 1,052 2 0 101
1991 CLE 8 12 100 0 1 30 23 351 0 0 24
1992 CLE 16 44 429 1 10 75 9 157 0 0 30
1993 CLE 16 36 464 2 11 91 15 318 0 0 47
1994 CLE 16 35 348 2 6 92 9 210 0 0 32
1995 ATL 16 39 383 1 14 66 12 278 0 0 47
1996 ATL 16 27 296 0 9 39 49 1,034 0 0 55
1997 SD 16 45 489 3 8 85 16 355 0 0 63
1998 ARI 16 43 295 0 7 24 57 1,218 0 0 59
1999 CAR 16 34 238 0 18 30 4 56 0 0 31
2001 WSH 10 33 412 1 5 89 1 25 0 0 25
2002 GB 1 3 -1 0 0 0 2 41 0 0 21
Career 179 351 3,453 10 89 92 280 5,813 2 0 101

Rushing Stats[1]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1989 CLE 16 187 633 3.4 43 6 0 0 0
1990 CLE 16 80 248 3.1 17 1 0 0 0
1991 CLE 8 30 107 3.6 15 0 3 0 0
1992 CLE 16 73 301 4.1 31 1 12 1 1
1993 CLE 16 129 611 4.7 55 1 25 2 2
1994 CLE 16 93 329 3.5 37 2 12 1 0
1995 ATL 16 28 133 4.8 23 1 8 0 0
1996 ATL 16 3 8 2.7 4 0 0 0 0
1997 SD 16 3 -5 -1.7 2 0 0 0 0
1999 CAR 16 2 20 10.0 17 0 1 0 0
2002 GB 1 2 7 3.5 5 0 1 0 0
Career 179 630 2,392 3.8 55 12 62 4 3

Personal[edit]

Metcalf no longer coaches football at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington, however in the 2005-2006 season he helped lead the team to the state semi-finals. He also started an elite high school track and field club called Seatown Express. Eric is the son of former NFL player Terry Metcalf.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eric Metcalf Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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