Pete Metzelaars
No. 88, 89
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1960-05-24) May 24, 1960 (age 62)
Three Rivers, Michigan
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Portage Central
(Portage, Michigan)
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:235
Receiving Yards:3,686
Receiving TDs:29
Player stats at · PFR

Peter Henry Metzelaars (born May 24, 1960) is a former American football tight end who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Detroit Lions in a sixteen-year career in the National Football League. Following his playing career, Metzelaars became a coach.

High school and college

Metzelaars played high school football at Portage Central High School in Portage, Michigan,[1] and played college football at Wabash College, graduating from Wabash in 1982.[1] While at Wabash, he played for an undefeated football team, while also leading the basketball team to the NCAA Division III national championship as a senior and being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. During his senior year, he earned Academic All-American honors[2] In football, he was coached by Stan Parrish and in basketball coached by legendary basketball coach Mac Petty.

NFL career

Metzelaars was taken in the 3rd round with the 75th pick by Seattle in the 1982 NFL Draft. He played for three seasons in Seattle before being traded to the Bills in 1985. When Jim Kelly joined the Bills in 1986, Metzelaars became a productive part of the offense. He played with the Bills in their 4 Super Bowl losses from 1990–1993, and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXVI. Metzelaars' best season was in 1993, when he caught 68 passes for 609 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Metzelaars was not re-signed by the Bills after the 1994 season. He then signed a three-year, $2.4 million deal[3] with the Carolina Panthers. He caught the first touchdown pass in Carolina franchise history,[4] but only played one season for them. He finished his career by playing two seasons for the Detroit Lions, starting in 17 of the 31 games he appeared in while splitting time with David Sloan. The Lions offensive coordinator in 1996 was Tom Moore. Metzelaars would go on to work alongside Moore later in their careers.

Metzelaars finished his 16 NFL seasons with 383 receptions for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns in 235 games. At the time of his retirement, his 235 games were the most ever played by a tight end in NFL history.


After retiring, Metzelaars moved into the coaching ranks as the offensive coordinator at Charlotte Christian School from 1998-2002. In 2003, Metzelaars joined Wingate University as an assistant offensive coach but also coached in NFL Europe with Barcelona during the off-season. He also was an intern with the Indianapolis Colts during their 2003 training camp, assisting with the tight ends under offensive coordinator Tom Moore. In 2004, Metzelaars joined the Colts staff full-time as the offensive quality control coach. After reaching four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills as a player, he finally won a ring with the Colts' triumph in Super Bowl XLI.[4] In 2012, Metzelaars joined the Buffalo Bills staff full-time as the tight ends coach. He, along with the entire Bills coaching staff, was dismissed on December 31, 2012. On January 24, 2014 Metzelaars became tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers, replacing Jason Michael who left to be offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. He was reunited with former Buffalo Bills teammate Frank Reich, who was promoted to be the Chargers' new offensive coordinator.[5][6][7]

In 2018, Metzelaars became the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Legends of the newly-formed Alliance of American Football.[8]

Personal life

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

In 2011, Metzelaars was inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Profie for Pete Metzelaars". Retrieved July 31, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Peter Metzelaars". Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: FOOTBALL; Two More for Panthers". The New York Times. March 9, 1995. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "PETE METZELAARS '82 FINALLY GETS HIS SUPER BOWL RING". February 6, 2007.
  5. ^ Gaughan, Mark (December 31, 2012). "Bills make it official: Gailey is fired". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "Chargers hire Pete Metzelaars". U-T San Diego. January 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chargers Hire Metzelaars as Tight Ends Coach". January 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Alper, Josh (October 9, 2018). "AAF teams continue building coaching staffs". Retrieved October 12, 2018.