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November 21, 2006 > Eric Lane, NFL star

Eric Lane, NFL star

by Steve Michel

Eric Lane was born January 6, 1959 in Oakland and grew up in Hayward. He starred in football at Hayward High from 1973 - 1977. After graduating, Lane went on to Chabot College and enjoyed two outstanding seasons as a halfback, gaining over 900 yards in 1977 and over 1,000 yards in his sophomore season in 1978.

Lane may have been the most dedicated football player ever to play for Chabot. He lifted weights six days a week, never ate junk food, and ran six miles a day in the off-season. 400 sit-ups and 400 push-ups per day rounded off his regimen. He was also one of the most humble stars ever to play at Chabot. In an interview with Community Sport Magazine in 1978 Lane was quoted as saying" I owe my thousand yard season to my offensive line. They opened up holes so big you could drive a truck through. My line made me a star and they deserve all the credit for my success".

Lane was helped along as a youngster by his uncle MacArthur Lane who played 11 seasons in the National Football League with the St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. After graduating from Chabot College in 1979, Lane had many offers from major colleges to play football. He turned down Cal, USC, San Jose State, U.C.L.A and San Diego State, deciding instead to attend BYU in Provo Utah.

In a 1979 interview with the Chabot College Spectator, Lane explained why he went to a Mormon college even though he was not Mormon. “I wanted to go to BYU because they have a great football program that will give me a chance to get to the NFL. And another reason is that I do not smoke or drink and some schools like USC, their players party and stay up all night and do not study. At BYU I will not be affected by a party mentality and I will be able to get my college degree which is also very important to me".

He enjoyed two outstanding years playing halfback at BYU, making All Conference his senior year in 1980. After graduating from BYU, Lane was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. He played seven seasons in the NFL, ‘81 through ‘87, all with Seattle. He was their Special Teams captain and was considered one of the best special teams players in the NFL. His time at halfback was limited because he played behind All-Pro Curt Warner, one of the games best-ever running backs.

Seven productive years in the NFL made Eric Lane’s childhood dream come true. However it was all the hard work and sacrifice he made growing up in Hayward that got him to the NFL and made him a special teams superstar.

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