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Erik Meyer
Meyer in 2017
Offensive analyst
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-28) December 28, 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth: La Mirada, California
Career information
College: Eastern Washington
Undrafted in 2006
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2006)*
 As coach:
* Eastern Washington (2012)
  • Central Washington (2013)
  • La Mirada HS (2008–2016)
  • California (2017–present)
    Offensive quality control
Career highlights and awards
* Walter Payton Award (2005)
  • ArenaBowl champion (XXIII, XXVIII)
  • First Team All-Arena (2013)
  • AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • AFL MVP (2013)
  • Second Team All-Arena (2015)
  • AFL passing yards leader (2013)
Stats at
Comp. / Att.     1,214 / 1,821
Passing yards     13,904
TDINT     312–37
QB rating     120.57
Rushing TD     46
Stats at
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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.

Early years

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 career

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. His 166.5 career passing efficiency rating set a record for FCS quarterbacks with at least 400 completions. In 42 games, he passed for 10,261 yards, with 84 TD passes against just 17 INTs. Posted 65.7 percent passing accuracy, completing 721-of-1097. 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 pd club as a member of the EWU football team. His diligence led him to be inducted to 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. More importantly, 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 career

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

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 1 in 210 lb 4.70 s 1.61 s 2.72 s 4.12 s 6.83 s 32½ in 9 ft 4 in 18 [2]

Cincinnati Bengals

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 Centurions

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 Seahawks

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 Raiders

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-Cats

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

Spokane Shock

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 Blaze

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

Spokane Shock

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 SaberCats

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 Valor

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 statistics

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 career

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]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named draft
  2. "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  3. "Erik Meyer". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  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. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "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.,ca)/football-fall-16/roster.htm. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  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.
  16. "2017 Football Roster". Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.

External links

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