Erik Meyer

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Erik Meyer
Washington Valor
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-28) December 28, 1982 (age 34)
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 squad member only
As coach:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.: 1,115 / 1,654
Passing yards: 12,772
TD-INT: 292-32
QB Rating: 121.96
Rushing TD: 45
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Erik Meyer (born December 28, 1982) is a professional American football quarterback for the Washington Valor 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, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Spokane Shock and San Jose SaberCats.

Early years[edit]

Meyer attended La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California, and was a student and a letterman in football and baseball. Erik was given the nickname of "Daddy" because he was always known to be a father figure to underclassmen, and his various positions in the community volunteering with children were highlighted at commencement when the school recognized him with the "George R. Shull Excellence in Care Scholarship," voted on by his graduating class and faculty at LMHS.

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. Erik, an avid weight lifter was the lone skill position player to be a member of the 1200 pd club as a member of the EWU football team. His diligence led him to be inducted to the inaugural Iron Man Club, a plaque small in stature coined by a small fan Joey Dank. It still is a prominent fixture in the Eagle weight facility in Cheney, WA. More importantly, Meyer was recognized for excellence in the classroom during his four-year career at EWU. Erik was the recipient of the Joseph Helen Dankert Gold Scholar Award for maintaining a 3.8+ GPA during his time as an Eagle.

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] He helped the Sabercats to a 17-1 regular season record while earning Second Team All-Arena honors. The Sabercats won ArenaBowl XXVIII against the Jacksonville Sharks on August 29, 2015.[6]

Washington Valor[edit]

Meyer was assigned to the Washington Valor in February 2017.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2013, Meyer began coaching quarterbacks at Central Washington University.[4] Meyer has been QB coach at his alma mater, La Mirada HS since 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "AFL Announces All-Arena Offensive Teams". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shock's Meyer named league MVP". www.kxly.com. Morgan Murphy Media. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Eric Meyer returning as quarterback for Spokane Shock". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jim Meehan (October 11, 2014). "Meyer leaves Shock to San Jose". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hacke, Ray (August 29, 2015). "San Jose SaberCats roll in ArenaBowl XXVIII for AFL title". mercurynews.com. Archived from the original on August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Washington Valor Sign Former MVP Meyer to Team". arenafootball.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 

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