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Eric Wilkerson
No. 40     
Running back / Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-12-19) December 19, 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
College: Kent State
Undrafted in 1989
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 1989)
Career highlights and awards
* MAC Most Valuable Player (1987)
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Eric LaShawn Wilkerson (born December 19, 1966) is a former American football running back who played one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at Kent State University and attended Cleveland Central Catholic High School in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] He was also a member of the Detroit Lions, New York/New Jersey Knights and Cleveland Thunderbolts.

Early yearsEdit

Wilkerson lettered in football and track all four years for the Cleveland Central Catholic High School Ironmen. He rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior year. He also finished fourth in the state track meet in the 400 meters. Wilkerson earned All-Conference and All-Scholastic honors.[2] He has been inducted into the school's hall of fame.[3]

College careerEdit

Wilkerson played for the Kent State Golden Flashes from 1985 to 1988, recording career totals of 3,830 yards and 36 touchdowns on 739 rushing attempts. He also accumulated two kick return touchdowns, two passing touchdowns and 506 receiving yards on 44 receptions.[4] He was named the MAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 1987 after rushing for 1,221 yards and ten touchdowns.[4][2] Wilkerson led the MAC in rushing yards in 1988 with 1,325 and in rushing touchdowns with 14.[4] He earned First Team All-MAC honors three times during his college career.[2] He also earned AP Honorable Mention All-American honors in 1987 and 1988.[2][5] Wilkerson was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season.[2] He was inducted into the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame in 1995.[3] His number 40 was retired by the Golden Flashes on March 1, 1989.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Wilkerson signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 11, 1989.[6] He later converted to wide receiver.[7] He was released by the Steelers on September 4, 1989 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 6, 1989.[8] Wilkerson played in one game for the Steelers during the 1989 season.[1] He was also active for the team's two postseason games that year.[9][10] He became a free agent after the 1989 season.[11]

Detroit LionsEdit

Wilkerson then signed with the Detroit Lions during the 1990 off-season.[12] He was released by the Lions on September 3, 1990 and re-signed by the team later.[13][14]

New York/New Jersey KnightsEdit

Wilkerson was selected by the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football in the 1991 WLAF Draft. He led the league in rushing with 717 yards in 1991 and garnered Second Team All-World League accolades. He also tied for the league lead with eleven total touchdowns after recording seven rushing and four receiving scores.[9] Wilkerson recorded 404 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in 1992.[15]

Cleveland ThunderboltsEdit

Wilkerson played for the Cleveland Thunderbolts in 1993, recording five tackles, one pass breakup and one interception.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "ERIC WILKERSON". profootballarchives.com. http://www.profootballarchives.com/wilk01200.html. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Class of 1995 - Biographies". supportgoldenflashes.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151214183158/http://www.supportgoldenflashes.com/Class_of_1995_bios/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bolton, Lee (October 21, 2010). "WILKERSON, ERIC". lee.n8d.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151214182744/http://lee.n8d.com/2010/wilkerson-eric/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Eric Wilkerson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/eric-wilkerson-1.html. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. Sussman, Matt (May 5, 2011). "MACwood Squares: Who Is The Best Kent State Football Player?". hustlebelt.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151214173321/http://www.hustlebelt.com/2011/5/5/2154687/kent-state-best-football-player-macwood-squares. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  6. "Steelers sign three more free agents". United Press International. May 11, 1989. http://www.upi.com/Archives/1989/05/11/Steelers-sign-three-more-free-agents/3899610862400/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  7. Cowley, Joe (September 28, 1989). "Wilkerson adjusting to role with Steelers". Daily Kent Stater: pp. 9. http://dks.library.kent.edu/cgi-bin/kentstate?a=d&d=dks19890928-01.2.36. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  8. "Pittsburgh Steelers waive 11". United Press International. September 4, 1989. http://www.upi.com/Archives/1989/09/04/Pittsburgh-Steelers-waive-11/2142620884800/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Eric Wilkerson". tradingcarddb.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151214181932/http://www.tradingcarddb.com/GalleryP.cfm/pid/19472/Eric-Wilkerson. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  10. "Eric Wilkerson". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WilkEr20/gamelog/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  11. "UNPROTECTED". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: pp. 101. February 1, 1990. http://archives.post-gazette.com/newspage/94874120/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  12. "Steelers". The Pittsburgh Press. March 27, 1990. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1144&dat=19900327&id=BJQcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mWMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4928,6591205&hl=en. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  13. "CUTDOWN DAY TEAM-BY-TEAM TRANSACTIONS". The Washington Post. September 4, 1990. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. https://www.webcitation.org/6dm6sLvdE?url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1990/09/04/cutdown-day-team-by-team-transactions/50730abb-b68f-46ea-a03c-e6d5a0846239/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  14. "Eric Wilkerson". nfl.com. http://www.nfl.com/player/ericwilkerson/2528812/profile. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  15. "Eric Wilkerson". justsportsstats.com. http://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=wilkeeri001&recsort=5. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  16. "Eric Wilkerson". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/Eric_Wilkerson-1697/. Retrieved December 14, 2015.

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