Eric Thomas Decker (born March 15, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football and college baseball at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.
Decker attended Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota. He was present in school when the Rocori High School shooting took place, hiding in a cupboard with other students until they were rescued by police officers. At school he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. In each sport he was awarded all-conference, all-area and all-section honors. Additionally, he was named football team MVP two years in a row. During his prep football career he had 2,156 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.
Eric Decker College career
Decker attended the University of Minnesota. Decker finished his junior season in 2008 with 84 catches for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns. He either sat out or played with leg injuries in several games. In early spring 2009, Decker met with Thomas Goudy, a wide-out coach in St. Louis, Missouri. Goudy helped Decker with his ball-holding technique. Decker spent three weeks in his training camp before starting the summer conditioning camp. Decker began the season with the consistent play that had been a hallmark of his Gophers’ career. Through three games, Decker was sixth in the nation in receiving yards, averaging 124.8 per game. Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel declared Decker the third-best wide receiver in college football, behind Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant and Georgia’s A. J. Green. On October 27, 2009, it was announced that Decker would miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprained foot against Ohio State. Decker was also teammates with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels. Decker played outfield for the Minnesota baseball team. He was selected in the 39th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and the 27th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
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