Erik Meyer

Erik Meyer (born December 28, 1982) is a former professional American football quarterback. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Eastern Washington. He was also a member of the Cologne Centurions, Seattle Seahawks. Oakland Raiders, Utah Blaze, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Spokane Shock, San Jose SaberCats and Washington Valor.

Erik Meyer
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Meyer in 2017
California Golden Bears
Position:Offensive analyst
Personal information
Born: (1982-12-28) December 28, 1982 (age 38)
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
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:1,214 / 1,821
Passing yards:13,904
QB rating:120.57
Rushing TD:46
Player stats at ·

Early yearsEdit

Meyer attended La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California, and was a student and a letterman in football and baseball. He 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 careerEdit

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. In 42 games, he completed 721 of 1097 passes for 10,261 yards, with 84 TD passes against just 17 INTs. His 166.5 career passing efficiency rating set a record for FCS quarterbacks with at least 400 completions. 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 pound club as a member of the EWU football team. His diligence led him to be inducted into 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. Notably, 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 careerEdit

Meyer was rated the eighth best quarterback in the 2006 NFL Draft by[1]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
4.70 s 1.61 s 2.72 s 4.12 s 6.83 s 32 12 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
18 [2]
All values from NFL Combine[1]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

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 CenturionsEdit

In 2007, Meyer was the starting quarterback for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europa before the league folded. He completed 141 of 205 passes for 1,612 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He also rushed for 138 yards and 1 touchdown.[3]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

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 RaidersEdit

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-CatsEdit

On February 24, 2009, Meyer was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was released on June 9, 2009.

Spokane ShockEdit

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 BlazeEdit

Meyer signed with the Utah Blaze on September 22, 2010. Meyer was the backup to Tommy Grady.

Spokane ShockEdit

Meyer was traded back to the Spokane Shock with Raymond McNeil for Khreem Smith and Antonio Narcisse on May 30, 2011.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Meyer was recognized again by the AFL, earning Offensive Player of the Year and League MVP Awards.[7] On December 16, 2013, Meyer was assigned to Spokane for the 2014 season.[8]

San Jose SaberCatsEdit

On October 10, 2014, Meyer was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats.[9] 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.[10]

Washington ValorEdit

Meyer was assigned to the Washington Valor in February 2017.[11] On May 24, 2017, Meyer was placed on injured reserve. On July 3, 2017, it was announced that Meyer was retiring.[12]

AFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2010 Spokane 18 28 64.3 274 5 1 121.13 1 0 0
2011 Spokane 80 108 74.1 967 22 3 129.13 13 39 3
2012 Spokane 25 45 55.6 294 6 2 90.42 2 7 1
2013 Spokane 403 591 68.2 4,661 112 11 123.60 56 110 15
2014 Spokane 236 354 66.7 2,519 54 9 114.83 48 112 20
2015 San Jose 353 528 66.9 4,057 93 6 124.66 30 136 6
2017 Washington 99 167 59.3 1,132 20 5 97.19 11 50 1
Career 1,214 1,821 66.7 13,904 312 37 120.57 161 454 46

Stats from ArenaFan:[13]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2013, Meyer began coaching quarterbacks at Central Washington University.[8] Meyer has been the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, La Mirada High School since 2008. He has also spent time as the offensive coordinator at La Mirada.[14][15] In 2017, Meyer became an offensive quality control coach for the California Golden Bears.[16]


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  2. ^ "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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  4. ^ Jim Meehan (May 30, 2011). "Shock acquire Meyer, trade Smith, Narcisse". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "AFL Announces All-Arena Offensive Teams". OurSports Central. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Shock's Meyer named league MVP". Morgan Murphy Media. August 15, 2013. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Eric Meyer returning as quarterback for Spokane Shock". The Spokesman-Review. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  9. ^ Jim Meehan (October 11, 2014). "Meyer leaves Shock to San Jose". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Hacke, Ray (August 29, 2015). "San Jose SaberCats roll in ArenaBowl XXVIII for AFL title". Archived from the original on August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Washington Valor Sign Former MVP Meyer to Team". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Valor QB Erik Meyer Retires". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Erik Meyer". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "La Mirada 2016 Football Roster". Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Southeast Division Offensive Coordinator of the Year: La Mirada's Erik Meyer". January 9, 2016. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "2017 Football Roster". Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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