Erik Meyer

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Erik Meyer
No. 9 San Jose SaberCats
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-28) December 28, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: La Mirada, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: La Mirada (CA)
College: Eastern Washington
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
As player:
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only
As coach:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at
Career Arena football statistics as of 2014
Comp. / Att.: 762 / 1,126
Passing yards: 8,715
TD-INT: 199-26
QB Rating: 120.69
Rushing TD: 39
Stats at
Stats at

Erik Meyer (born December 28, 1982) is a professional American football quarterback for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Eastern Washington.

Meyer has also been a member of the Cologne Centurions, Seattle Seahawks. Oakland Raiders, Utah Blaze and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Early years[edit]

Meyer attended La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California, and was a student and a letterman in football and baseball. He attended Benton Middle school and led his flag football to a district championship, but scored "0" points in 3 games as a backup forward for the 1-6 Basketball team. Despite his lack of success on the court, his on the field demeanor gained admiration of many and led to his eventual nickname of "Big Daddy Da Boss" coined by a small fan known as Joe Dankert.

College career[edit]

Meyer was a record-setting quarterback for Eastern Washington University. He won the 2005 Walter Payton Award, presented by The Sports Network to the top offensive player in NCAA Division I-AA football. His 166.5 career passing efficiency rating set a record for FCS quarterbacks with at least 400 completions. In 42 games, he passed for 10,261 yards, with 84 TD passes against just 17 INTs. Posted 65.7 percent passing accuracy, completing 721-of-1097. His career interception percentage (1.5) also is a Division I-AA record. He also broke eight Eastern Washington career records, five single-season marks and one single-game mark. More importantly, Meyer was recognized for excellence in the classroom during his four-year career at EWU, given the honorary "Joseph Helen Dankert Gold Scholar" award for achieving a 3.8+ GPA during his time as an Eagle. The plaque, small in stature in honor of the small Dankert, is on display in the Eagle weight room for motivation for athletes to continue to exercise their minds and their bodies.

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Meyer went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent and attended training camp hoping to contend for a roster spot. Meyer was released from the Bengals on August 28.

Cologne Centurions[edit]

Meyer was the starting quarterback for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europa before the league folded.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Meyer was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in July 2007. He competed against third-string Seahawk quarterback David Greene and free agent Derek Devine for the third-string job. Meyer was cut by the Seahawks on August 28, 2007.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On March 24, 2008, Meyer was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He was waived on June 25, 2008 to make room for Sam Keller.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On February 24, 2009, Meyer was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was released on June 9, 2009.

Spokane Shock[edit]

Meyer was signed by the Spokane Shock on December 23, 2009. Meyer appeared in two games connecting on 18 of 28 passes for 274 yards, 5 touchdowns, and one interception.

Utah Blaze[edit]

Meyer signed with the Utah Blaze on September 22, 2010. Meyer was the backup to Tommy Grady.

Spokane Shock[edit]

Meyer was traded back to the Spokane Shock on May 30, 2011. After spending 3 seasons as the backup to Kyle Rowley, Meyer was given a chance to start in 2013. Meyer responded by leading the league in touchdown passes, with 112. Meyer's 112 touchdowns and 4,667 passing yards, were both new Shock records.[1] Meyer lead the Shock to a 14-4 record, clinching the #2 seed in the National Conference. Following the season, Meyer was named First Team All-Arena by the AFL.[2] Meyer was recognized again by the AFL, earning Offensive Player of the Year and League MVP Awards.[3] On December 16, 2013, Meyer was assigned to Spokane for the 2014 season.[4]

San Jose SaberCats[edit]

On October 10, 2014, Meyer was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2013, Meyer began coaching quarterbacks at Central Washington University.[4]


  1. ^ Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "AFL Announces All-Arena Offensive Teams". OurSports Central. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shock's Meyer named league MVP". Morgan Murphy Media. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Eric Meyer returning as quarterback for Spokane Shock". The Spokesman-Review. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jim Meehan (October 11, 2014). "Meyer leaves Shock to San Jose". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 

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