Eric Fisher (American football)

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Eric Fisher
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Fisher with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014
No. 72 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1991-01-05) January 5, 1991 (age 29)
Rochester, Michigan
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Stoney Creek
(Rochester Hills, Michigan)
College: Central Michigan
NFL Draft: 2013  / Round: 1 / Pick:  1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Games played:102
Games started:98
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Eric William Fisher (born January 5, 1991) is an American football offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs first overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan University.

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Early years

A native of Rochester, Michigan, Fisher attended Stoney Creek High School, where he was an All-State honorable mention lineman for the football team. Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was not ranked among the best offensive tackle prospects in his class. [1] According to Fisher, this was due to him being undersized for an offensive tackle, weighing only 225 pounds as a high school senior. [2]

College career

Fisher played at Central Michigan University from 2009 to 2012 where he was recognized as a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, a second-team selection by Sports Illustrated, and received third-team honors from the Associated Press. He was also a first-team All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selection. [3] Fisher was a part of two bowl wins while at Central Michigan; the 2010 GMAC Bowl and the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeightArm lengthHand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 7 14 in
(2.01 m)
306 lb
(139 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
5.05 s4.44 s7.59 s28 12 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine [4]

Fisher was considered one of the top offensive tackles (and overall players) available in the 2013 NFL Draft. [5] He was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the first overall pick, [6] becoming the first MAC player to be drafted No. 1 overall. [7] Fisher is one of two Central Michigan players ever to be selected in the first round of an NFL Draft; the other is Joe Staley.

On July 26, 2013, Fisher signed a guaranteed contract with the Chiefs worth $22.1 million with a $14.5 million signing bonus. [8] Despite playing left tackle during college, Fisher transitioned to right tackle for the 2013 season. He allowed 7 sacks and 35 hurries. According to Pro Football Focus, his run-blocking grade of -6.5 ranked 55th out of 76 NFL tackles who played at least 25 percent of their team's snaps. His overall grade as a tackle ranked 70th. Despite Fisher's struggles during his rookie season, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey noted Fisher's potential and expressed confidence that he would develop into a good player. [9] Fisher played in 14 games, of which he started 13, during his rookie year of 2013.

In March 2014, head coach Andy Reid announced that he was moving Fisher to the left tackle position for the upcoming 2014 season, following the loss of Branden Albert in free agency. [10] During the 2015 season, Fisher played in 16 games, starting in 14.

On May 2, 2016, the Chiefs picked up the fifth-year option Fisher's contract. [11] On July 30, 2016, Fisher signed a four-year contract extension with the Chiefs worth $48 million, including $40 million guaranteed. [12] In Week 1, after a strong performance, Pro Football Focus ranked Fisher as the number one left tackle of the week. [13] In the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs were down 18-10 in the 4th quarter. Following a successful two-point conversion, Fisher was called on a holding penalty that resulted in a loss of 10 yards. On the second attempt from the Steelers' 12-yard line, the Chiefs failed the two-point conversion, resulting in their elimination from the playoffs as they lost to the Steelers by a score of 18-16. Fisher was named to the Pro Football Focus Week 1 team of the week during the 2016 season.

In 2019, Fisher was limited to eight games due to injuries and struggles. Fisher and the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV, their first championship in 50 years. [14]

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  2. https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/shutdown-corner/eric-fisher-becomes-one-most-unlikely-first-overall-001633515--nfl.html
  3. CMU left tackle Eric Fisher named first team All-MAC, four other Chippewas honored
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