June 12, 2007
Former Eastern Washington University football star Erik Meyer was NFL Europa's Player of the Week after his performance for the Cologne Centurions in a key victory over the Amsterdam Admirals last Saturday (June 9).
Meyer completed 21-of-29 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during Cologne's 31-13 victory. That performance gave him a league-best quarterback rating of 138.1 in the game, edging his previous league-best performance of 136.9 earlier this season against Berlin.
With Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cologne currently in a three-way tie for first at 6-3, the final games this upcoming weekend will determine who will play in the Yello Strom World Bowl XV on Saturday, June 23, at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. This Saturday (June 16), Cologne will travel to Frankfurt and Hamburg will play Rhein. Earlier this season, the Centurions were edged by Frankfurt 18-13.
Meyer heads into the final week of the regular season ranked second among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100.6. He has completed a league-best 67.3 percent of his passes (115-of-171) for 1,384 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Meyer has also added 125 rushing yards and one touchdown.
He earned the starting position in week three with a 14-6 victory over the Rhein Fire. At the time, the win moved the Centurions into second place in the standings behind the defending champion Frankfurt Galaxy. The three teams currently in a first-place tie are followed by Rhein (4-5), Amsterdam (3-6) and Berlin (2-7).
While at EWU, Meyer was named the Big Sky Offensive MVP in 2004 and 2005 and his senior year was named the Walter Payton Award winner. He helped lead Eastern to back-to-back Big Sky Conference co-championships and two NCAA Championship Subdivision playoff berths.
He broke the NCAA Championship Subdivision record for efficiency rating (166.5) by quarterbacks with at least 400 completions. He had 10,261 yards and 84 touchdowns in 42 career games.