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Eric Metcalf
Running back
Wide receiver
Return specialist
Jersey #(s)
21, 22, 34, 82
Born January 23, 1968 (1968-01-23) (age 41)
Seattle, Washington
Career information
Year(s) 19892002
NFL Draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
College Texas
Professional teams
Career stats
Return Touchdowns 12
PR yards 3,453
KR yards 5,813
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Eric Quinn Metcalf (born January 23, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) 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 Bowler for Browns and the Chargers.


High school career

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 (7.75 m).

College career

Metcalf attended and played college football at the University of Texas where he was an All-Southwest Conference selection three times.

Professional career

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.

After football

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 Express.


Eric is the son of former NFL player Terry Metcalf.

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