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Pete Metzelaars
Date of birth: May 24, 1960 (1960-05-24) (age 49)
Place of birth: Three Rivers, Michigan
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Wabash
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
 As player:
Seattle Seahawks
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Detroit Lions
Playing stats at

Peter Henry Metzelaars (born May 24, 1960 in Three Rivers, Michigan) is a former American football tight end who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Detroit Lions in a sixteen-year career in the National Football League.

Mezelaars is the current Offensive Line Coach for the Indianapolis Colts.


High school and college

He played high school football at Portage Central High School in Portage, Michigan,[1] and played college football at Wabash College, graduating from Wabash in 1982.[1] While at Wabash, he played for an undefeated football team, while also leading the basketball team to the NCAA Division III national championship. In football, he was coached by Stan Parrish, the current head football coach at Ball State University, and Stan also served as head coach at Marshall and Kansas State as well as being an assistant NFL coach for the Super Bowl winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving Wabash.

NFL career

He was taken in the 3rd round with the 75th pick by Seattle in the 1982 NFL Draft. He played for three seasons in Seattle before being traded to the Bills in 1985. When Jim Kelly joined the Bills in 1986, Metzelaars became a productive part of the offense. He played with the Bills in their 4 Super Bowl losses from 1990-1994, and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVI. Metzelaars' best season was in 1993, when he caught 68 passes for 609 yards and 4 touchdowns.

He was not re-signed by the Bills after the 1994 season, and played for Carolina for one season, despite signing on for a three year, 2.4 million deal.[2] He then played for the Lions for two seasons before retiring.

Metzelaars finished his 16 NFL seasons with 383 receptions for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns in 235 games. At the time of his retirement, his 235 games were the most ever played by a tight end in NFL history.


After retiring, Metzelaars moved into the coaching ranks as the offensive coordinator at Charlotte Christian School from 1998-2002. In 2003, Metzelaars joined Wingate University as an assistant offensive coach but also served in NFL Europe with Barcelona during the off-season. He also was an intern with the Indianapolis Colts during their 2003 training camp, assisting with the tight ends under Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore. In 2004, Metzelaars joined the Colts staff full-time as the Offensive Quality Control Coach.

On May 15th, 2009, the Colts officially named Metzelaars the Offensive Line coach[3].


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