2005 Walter Payton Award Winner was named the school’s top quarterback in school history in 2008
His records are gradually falling, but not his legacy.
Former Eastern Washington University quarterback Erik Meyer has been recognized among the best 50 male athletes all-time in the Big Sky Conference, ranking No. 12 on the list compiled by the league in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
As an Eagle from 2002-2005, Meyer won the 2005 Walter Payton Award winner given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. He was selected to Eastern’s “100 for 100” All-Time Team in 2008, and a public vote selected Meyer as the top quarterback in school history. Active in the professional ranks since his EWU career ended, he also helped coach in Eastern’s program in 2012 and was quarterbacks coach at Central Washington in 2013.
Meyer was a two-time All-American at EWU and was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. At the time, Meyer became just the 12th player in FCS history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in a single season (he finished with 4,003 in 2005). He also had 30 touchdowns, just five interceptions and a passing efficiency rating of 169.3.
With a completion percentage of .657, 10,261 yards, 84 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions in 42 career games, Meyer set the FCS record for efficiency rating by quarterbacks with at least 400 completions with a rating of 166.47 (since broken). Meyer became just the 17th player in FCS history to pass for more than 10,000 yards in his career.
He still holds the school’s career record for passing efficiency, but the career rating of 176.3 by current Eagle Vernon Adams exceeds that mark. At one time, Meyer also held records for attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes that were broken by Matt Nichols (2006-09), who had 12,616 yards and 96 touchdowns in his career. Meyer also held the team’s total offense record with 10,942 yards, but that was broken by the 13,308 of Nichols.
Meyer still holds all three school records for completion percentage – 90.5 percent versus Northern Arizona on Oct. 9, 2004, 67.8 percent in 2004 and 65.7 percent in his career. Meyer had his single season efficiency record at 171.4 in 2004 broken by Adams this season with a rating of 183.1, and Meyer had his 2004 school records of 4,003 passing yards and 333.6 yards per game both broken by Bo Levi Mitchell in 2011.
He has played since 2010 for the Spokane Shock in the Arena Football League. In 18 regular season games in 2013, he completed 403 of 591 passes (68.2%) for franchise records of 4,667 yards and 112 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He helped lead the Shock to a 14-4 record and a playoff berth.
He began the 2013 season by attempting his first 193 passes without an interception, with a remarkable 40 touchdowns and 5-0 record in that span. In a 66-43 victory over Iowa on April 5, 2013, he completed 24-of-34 passes for 330 yards and nine TD.
He also spent some time professionally on rosters with the Utah Blaze (AFL), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), Oakland Raiders (NFL), Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), but he received the majority of his pro experience in spring and summer 2007 for the Cologne Centurions in NFL Europa. He took over as the starter in the third game of the season and helped the team to a 6-4 record. He had 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns, and completed 68.8 percent of his passes to set a NFL Europa record that will never be broken (the NFL decided to cease existence of the league shortly after the season).
He was NFL Europa’s Player of the Week after his performance for the Centurions in a key victory over the Amsterdam Admirals on June 9. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during Cologne’s 31-13 victory.
MORE ON THE BIG SKY’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & EWU FOOTBALL RECIPIENTS
After 50 years of competition, the Big Sky Conference has begun a year-long journey celebrating the league’s success both on and off the playing field by honoring 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics.
The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league’s Top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes. Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.
For links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men’s Moments revealed thus far, go to: http://www.bigskyconf.com Here are EWU’s choices thus far from the football program:
Top 50 Athletes
#12 Erik Meyer (2002-03-04-05) – ’05 Walter Payton Award Winner
#20 Bo Levi Mitchell (2010-11) - ‘11 Walter Payton Award Winner
#22 Michael Roos (2001-02-03-04) - All-American & FCS Lineman of the Year
#37 J.C. Sherritt (2007-08-09-10) - ‘10 Buchanan Award Winner
#39 Greg Peach (2005-06-07-08) - ‘08 Buchanan Award Winner
#47 Matt Nichols (2006-07-08-09) - EWU & Big Sky record 12,616 career yards and 96 touchdowns
Top 50 Moments
#30 Former Eagle offensive tackle Michael Roos and former Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen were both honored on the as NFL All-Pro selections in 2008.
#37 EWU 2013 Comeback vs. Sam Houston State, a 45-42 loss in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs after trailing 35-0 at halftime
#42 Bashir Levingston’s 3 Kickoff Returns for TD vs. Sacramento State in 1998
Below are links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men's Moments. This week, numbers 12 through 14 are revealed on both lists.
Men’s Athletes & Moments #12-14 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2014/1/16/GEN_0116144523.aspx
Men’s Athletes & Moments #15-16 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2014/1/3/GEN_0103142645.aspx?path=general
Men’s Athletes & Moments #17-19 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2013/12/19/GEN_1219130321.aspx?path=general
Men’s Athletes & Moments #20-24 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2013/12/5/GEN_1205132727.aspx
Men’s Athletes & Moments #25-29 - http://bigskyconf.com/news/2013/11/21/GEN_1121133953.aspx?path=general
Men’s Athletes & Moments #30-34 - http://bigskyconf.com/news/2013/11/7/GEN_1107130920.aspx?path=general
Men’s Athletes & Moments #35-39 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2013/10/24/GEN_1024132651.aspx
Men’s Athletes & Moments #40-44 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2013/10/10/GEN_1010131016.aspx
Men’s Athletes & Moments #45-50 - http://www.bigskyconf.com/news/2013/9/26/GEN_0926133806.aspx