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Pete Metzelaars
Tight Ends
College:
Wabash College
Hometown:
Three Rivers, Mich.
Experience:
9

Bio

A former NFL tight end, Metzelaars is in his first season coaching tight ends for the Chargers.

A third-round pick by Seattle in 1982 (75th overall), Metzelaars played a total of 16 seasons for the Seahawks (1982-84), Buffalo Bills (1985-94), Carolina Panthers (1995) and Detroit Lions (1996-97). During 10 seasons with the Bills, he played in four Super Bowls (XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII). Metzelaars retired after the 1997 season having played in 235 career games, which at the time was the most by a tight end in NFL history, including a stretch of 169 consecutive games from 1984-95. His final career totals included 383 catches for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns. Metzelaars caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXVI against Washington, and in 1995 he caught the first touchdown pass in Carolina Panthers’ history. Metzelaars’ career honors included an all-rookie selection with Seattle in 1982 along with being named to Buffalo’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2009. He was also selected as a Pro Bowl alternate three times during his career.

Metzelaars moved into coaching immediately after retiring as a player. He began as the offensive coordinator at Charlotte Christian School in 1998. In 2003, he became an an offensive assistant coach at Wingate (N.C.) University, while also completing a training camp internship with the Indianapolis Colts and an offseason stint with NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons. In 2004, Metzelaars joined the Colts full-time as an offensive quality control coach and spent eight seasons there, including four in quality control, two as assistant offensive line coach and two as the primary offensive line coach. In 2010, the Colts allowed just 16 sacks, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Their ratio of just one sack allowed for every 43.4 pass attempts was the second-best in franchise history. Metzelaars tenure in Indianapolis ended in 2011 and he spent the 2012 season coaching tight ends for the Buffalo Bills.

A native of Three Rivers, Michigan, Metzelaars prepped at Portage (Mich.) Central High School. He played collegiately at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, competing on an undefeated football team, while also helping lead the Little Giants’ basketball team to a NCAA Division-III national championship. He earned a degree in economics at Wabash where he is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

Metzelaars and his wife, Barbara, have two sons: Anthony and Jonathan.

A former NFL tight end, Metzelaars is in his first season coaching tight ends for the Chargers.

A third-round pick by Seattle in 1982 (75th overall), Metzelaars played a total of 16 seasons for the Seahawks (1982-84), Buffalo Bills (1985-94), Carolina Panthers (1995) and Detroit Lions (1996-97). During 10 seasons with the Bills, he played in four Super Bowls (XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII). Metzelaars retired after the 1997 season having played in 235 career games, which at the time was the most by a tight end in NFL history, including a stretch of 169 consecutive games from 1984-95. His final career totals included 383 catches for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns. Metzelaars caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXVI against Washington, and in 1995 he caught the first touchdown pass in Carolina Panthers’ history. Metzelaars’ career honors included an all-rookie selection with Seattle in 1982 along with being named to Buffalo’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2009. He was also selected as a Pro Bowl alternate three times during his career.

Metzelaars moved into coaching immediately after retiring as a player. He began as the offensive coordinator at Charlotte Christian School in 1998. In 2003, he became an an offensive assistant coach at Wingate (N.C.) University, while also completing a training camp internship with the Indianapolis Colts and an offseason stint with NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons. In 2004, Metzelaars joined the Colts full-time as an offensive quality control coach and spent eight seasons there, including four in quality control, two as assistant offensive line coach and two as the primary offensive line coach. In 2010, the Colts allowed just 16 sacks, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Their ratio of just one sack allowed for every 43.4 pass attempts was the second-best in franchise history. Metzelaars tenure in Indianapolis ended in 2011 and he spent the 2012 season coaching tight ends for the Buffalo Bills.

A native of Three Rivers, Michigan, Metzelaars prepped at Portage (Mich.) Central High School. He played collegiately at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, competing on an undefeated football team, while also helping lead the Little Giants’ basketball team to a NCAA Division-III national championship. He earned a degree in economics at Wabash where he is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

Metzelaars and his wife, Barbara, have two sons: Anthony and Jonathan.

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  • 1-on-1 with New TE Coach Pete Metzelaars

    Posted Feb 5, 2014

    New Tight Ends Coach Pete Metzelaars talks about becoming a member of the Chargers coaching staff, his relationship with Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich and his feelings on coaching tight end Antonio Gates.

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