|Date of birth:||April 5, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Homestead, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Homestead (FL)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Eric Jerome Foster (born March 5, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. Foster signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He played college football for Rutgers University.
High school career
After redshirting in 2003, Foster made an immediate impact in 2004 as a backup defensive end, playing in all 11 games. Foster was injured during the second game of the 2005 season, only to return in 2006 as the team's starting defensive tackle, lining up to Ramel Meekins. Despite the unit's lack of size, Foster's six sacks helped Rutgers register forty-one sacks total in 2006, good for fifth in all of Division I-A, as well as fourth in total defense.
Foster gained national notoriety in 2006 for his stellar play, as well as for a popular clip aired by ESPN of a locker room speech. Snippets of the video were played at later home games. In addition, he makes a chopping motion with his arms and hands as a reference to his coach, Greg Schiano's motto, "Keep Choppin'."
For his efforts, Foster was named first team all-Big East Conference. The Football Writers Association of America named him as a first-team All-American at defensive tackle, as well as making Honorable Mention on the AP's team. In 2007, he was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated.
Foster was named to several pre-season All-America teams for 2007 at DT. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Lott Trophy, annually awarded to the best defensive player in the nation.
During the Colts Monday Night Football game against the Buccaneers on October 3, 2011, Foster suffered a gruesome leg injury. During the final minutes of the first half, teammate Tyler Brayton rolled on Foster's ankle, causing his foot to turn painfully the wrong direction. His ankle was dislocated in the process. He was brought to Tampa General Hospital, where he underwent surgery the following day to repair the bone. Foster missed the rest of the 2011-12 season. The incident was compared to Joe Theismann's career-ending injury.
- "Eric Foster Named First Team All-America:Junior named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America Team". scarletknights.com. 2006-12-09. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- "Ray Rice, Eric Foster Collect AP All-America Honors:Rice Named to Second Team, Foster Garners Third Team Accolades". scarletknights.com. 2006-12-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- Biggs, Brad (August 17, 2013). "Bears sign DT Foster, QB Palmer; waive LB Starks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- Mayer, Larry (August 25, 2013). "Bears waive 14 players; roster now stands at 76". Chicago Bears. Retrieved August 25, 2013.