Texas Sports Hall of Fame to induct Metcalf

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017

UT photo of 1980s Texas running back, #2 Eric Metcalf.  Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin.  Pic received on 10/6/05.
University of Texas legend joins seven other honorees at February 21
dinner in Waco

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) counts dual-sport athlete
Eric Metcalf among its 2017 class. Eric, along with seven other
exceptional athletes, will be formally recognized and inducted into
the TSHOF on Tuesday, February, 21 in Waco.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Eric attended Denis J.O Connell
High School in Arlington County, Virginia before attending the
University of Texas, where he was a standout in both track and
football from 1985-88. He currently holds the UT record for the
outdoor long jump and won two Southwest Conference (SWC) long jump
titles. A two-sport athlete, Eric was also a running back and punt
returner for the Longhorns football team before being drafted in the
first round of the NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns.
“I was elated when I found out I had been chosen as a Texas
Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. I know that there have been a lot of
athletes and coaches who come through Texas some born there, some had
careers there who have done a lot of great things,” said Eric.
“Although I m just a kid from Seattle, it felt wonderful to be chosen
for this honor and to know the whole state of Texas thinks that I have
done enough to be considered one of the best athletes to ever come
through there.”
Eric holds the UT record for outdoor long jump with a mark of
27-8 º feet, was a two-time NCAA champion in the event, and became a
five-time track All-American, in addition to his SWC long jump titles
in 1986 and 1987.
As a running back and punt returner for the UT football team,
Eric was a three-time All SWC, setting a record of 12 single game
receptions, 42 single season receptions, and 142 career receptions by
a running back. He also has the second highest punt return yards of
1,076 in UT history and is fourth in all-purpose yards with 5,705.
A first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns, Eric played in
the NFL for 13 seasons, finishing his NFL career with 2,392 rushing
yards (12 touchdowns) and 541 receptions for 5,572 yards (31
touchdowns). He was most notable as a returner leading the NFL in punt
kick return yards, and has the third most return touchdowns in NFL
history with 12 total. His 10 punt return touchdowns were an NFL
record until October 2, 2011. Eric’s 17,230 all-purpose yards ranked
him among the NFL’s top 10 all time at the time of his retirement. He
was a three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection ( 1993,
94, 97).
Eric retired from football in 2011 and turned his focus back to
track. First, he started the Seatown Express Track Club for aspiring
young track and field athletes pursuing competition at the college
level. He also coached track and football at Rainier Beach High School
in Washington state, and started volunteer coaching at the University
of Washington track and field teams as the Jumps Coach. At the start
of the 2016-2017 season, Eric was officially announced as the Huskies
Sprint Coach.
Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Eric will join other
inductees at the February event including former Houston Cougars NCAA
women’s volleyball player Rita Buck-Crockett, former Texas A&M & Los
Angeles Rams defensive back Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M University track
& field coach Pat Henry, former Houston Cougars NCAA women’s
volleyball player Flo Hyman (deceased), 2008 Olympic all-around
gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin, Denver Broncos football defensive
coordinator Wade Phillips and former Dallas Cowboys All Pro safety
Darren Woodson. This class joins a long list of Texas sport legends
forever being honored as a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
The February 21 event will begin with a reception at the Texas
Sports Hall of Fame at 4 p.m., with a 6 p.m. banquet at the Waco
Convention Center. Combination Reception/Banquet tickets are $200 each
or $1,400 for a reserved table of eight. Banquet -only tickets can
be purchased for $75 each, or $600 for a reserved table of eight. To
purchase tickets, please call the museum at 800-567-9561 or visit


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