METZELAARS HONORED

Colts Offensive Line Coach Pete Metzelaars was one of five named Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame as selected by CoSIDA.

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COLTS OFFENSIVE LINE COACH PETE METZELAARS HONORED
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A pair of former Academic All-America® basketball selections, Pete Metzelaars, '82 of Wabash College and Dr. Carol Lally Shields, '79 of the University of Notre Dame, join former Rutgers University track & field star Dr. Randal Pinkett, '94, women's volleyball standout Dr. Julie Bremner Romias, '94 of UCLA and NCAA Champion diver Dr. Megan Neyer, '86 of the University of Florida as this year's inductees into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The five newcomers join 112 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame as selected by CoSIDA, which was created in 1988. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at CoSIDA's annual workshop in Marco Island, Florida on June 28.

"The Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame truly represents the 'Best of the Best' and the Class of 2011 truly lives up to this moniker," said Larry Dougherty, Temple University Associate Athletic Director and 2010-11 CoSIDA President. "These five individuals performed at the highest level, both in their sports as well as in the classroom, as student-athletes at their respective institutions. They have gone on to continue to excel in their chosen fields and within their communities. It is with great pride that CoSIDA honors them as the newest members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame."

Pete Metzelaars, Wabash College, '82: An Academic All-America® selection in 1982, Pete Metzelaars was an outstanding two-sport student-athlete at Wabash. As a senior, Metzelaars led the Little Giants to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship, earning Tournament Most Valuable Player honors in addition to being named the Division III Men's Basketball Player of the Year. A Small College All-American, he set several NCAA Tournament records and established the NCAA Division III record for career field goal percentage (72.4 percent), which is still second best today.

Metzelaars also earned Kodak Small College All-American honors at tight end for the Wabash football team in 1981. During his football career, Metzelaars' caught 77 passes for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns while helping Wabash to a 32-3-1 record as a tight end. He is the only Wabash athlete to have his jersey retired (basketball jersey number 10). Metzelaars is a member of the Wabash Hall of Fame and was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2007 Silver Anniversary Team.

In 1982, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Metzelaars in the third round of the NFL draft, and he enjoyed a 16-year playing career as a member of the Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. Metzelaars played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo and holds the NFL record for most games played by a tight end at 235. In his career, he caught 383 passes for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Metzelaars was involved with numerous local charities throughout his NFL career, and he and his wife Barbara were named the 1995 Western New York Citizens of the Year for their charitable work in the Buffalo community. He is currently the offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts and was a member of the Colts coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLI.

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