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Eric Quinn Metcalf (born January 23, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a former American
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
Bowler for Browns and the Chargers.
Metcalf attended Bishop O'Connell High
School in Arlington County, Virginia.
In high school Metcalf competed in both football and track and field. He excelled
in the long jump and still has the seventh longest distance ever
posted indoors by a US high
schooler with a jump of 25 ft 5¼ in
Metcalf attended and played college football at the University of Texas where
he was an All-Southwest Conference selection
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 returned-kick touchdowns are the second most in
NFL history behind Brian
Mitchell. Metcalf's 10 punt return touchdowns are an NFL
record. He is the only player ever to have 7,000+ yards on offense
and 7,000+ yards on kickoff/punt returns.
Metcalf was traded along with two first round and one second
round draft picks by the San Diego Chargers to the Arizona
Cardinals for moving one spot in the 1998 NFL Draft to pick quarterback Ryan Leaf.
Metcalf currently coaches football at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington. 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
Eric is the son of former NFL player Terry Metcalf.