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Eric Metcalf
Eric Metcalf

Last College:
Texas, 1989

Position:
Volunteer Assistant, Jumps

Experience:
2nd Year

01/30/2013

Unleashed: Two-Sport Wonders In UW's Two-Sport Haven

Kasen Williams' soaring long-jump debut, Greg Ducre's zooming start as a sprinter and Danny Shelton's shot-put throws are part of football coach Steve Sarkisian facilitating dual-sport desires at UW.

01/09/2013

Season Preview: Multis, Jumps, Vault

GoHuskies.com takes a look at the Husky track prospects this week with the UW Indoor Preview coming up on Saturday.

An NFL legend and former NCAA Champion in the long jump, Metcalf just completed his first season assisting with the Husky jumpers

A 13-year veteran in the National Football League, Metcalf made his debut in 1989 with Cleveland after the Browns drafted him with the 13th overall pick in the first round. He spent his first six seasons with the Browns, then moved on to play for the Browns, Falcons, Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers, Redskins and Packers, last appearing with Green Bay in the 2002 season. Metcalf was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, making the team in 1994 and 1995 with Cleveland and in 1997 with San Diego.

A multi-talented player in the National Football League, Metcalf excelled at offense and as a kick 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).

Metcalf's 12 returned-kick touchdowns are tied for third-most in NFL history behind Brian Mitchell and Devin Hester, and equal with Dante Hall. His 10 punt return touchdowns were an NFL record until Hester broke that mark in 2011.

An illustrious track and field career was highlighted by winning the NCAA Championship in the long jump in 1986 and again in 1988 for the Longhorns. He was a four-time All-American and holds the Texas school record with a best of 27-8 ¼. He made the finals of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing eighth.

On the gridiron at Texas, Metcalf was a three-time member of the All-SWC Team and the 1987 SWC Offensive Player of the Year and Team MVP. He is the only player in Texas history to string together four consecutive seasons leading the team in all-purpose yards. Metcalf is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor.

Metcalf began coaching football and track at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle after retiring from the NFL. He also started an elite high school track and field club called Seatown Express.

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