Ereck Flowers has had quite a journey en route to becoming the offensive tackle for the New York Giants – a team in the National Football League (NFL). Before he got into the professional league, he played college football for the University of Miami. It should be helpful to know that Ereck Flowers was not always on a straight path to success and to get his full biography and other facts about him, keep reading.
His Early Life and Career Achievements
Ereck Flowers was born on the 25th of April 1994 to Everald Flowers and Tanya Stokes. His childhood would be hit by tragedy when his mother died, leaving him when he was only six years old with a father who had likewise lost the love of his life. Tanya died after a brief battle with cancer and Ereck became a confused and angry little boy, saddened by the sudden change in his life.
Everald Flowers struggled to provide comfort for his son and allow both of them to move on from the death of Tanya. Although it wasn’t easy at first, he was determined to provide a good childhood for Ereck and so, he eventually pulled himself together. Ereck Flowers eventually grew up to be a fine young man. He initially attended Krop High School in Ives Estate and while there, he actually focused on basketball only moving to football as his junior year drew to a close. He did not stay at Krop High School for his senior year but made a transfer to Norland High School that led to him joining a talented varsity. While he was with the school’s team, Ereck Flowers helped them place a 15–0 season record and lift an FHSAA Class 5A championship that they won over Crawfordville Wakulla.
Ereck Flowers got ranked as the 20th-best offensive tackle in his set while Rivals.com placed him as a four-star recruit. ESPN ranked him a little lower as a three-star recruit and the 57th best offensive tackler in his set, but it was still a great nod to the skills that he displayed on the field. At the end of his high school career, he chose to go to the University of Miami rather than Florida State, Purdue or Central Florida which also sent in their offers.
The offers were a dream come true for Ereck Flower’s father who had used sports to make his son stay focused, hoping it would also be a ticket to getting him a good education and good opportunities in life. His bets paid off as he used his experience from his former position as a linebacker in his own university days to coach his son and work with him to become the best.
Ereck Flowers entered the University of Miami in 2012 and made four starts, but also played in all 12 games. When he entered his sophomore year in 2013, he started in all 12 games at left tackle and again, in 2014, he played the position of left tackle. He decided to forego his senior season and entered the 2015 NFL Draft. During the draft, Ereck Flowers was the 9th overall pick of the New York Giants. The Giants offered him a four-year contract worth $14.3 million.
In his rookie season, Ereck Flowers played in 15 games and wore the number 76 jersey. He was, however, criticized heavily in his third year in the league-leading Pro Football Focus which put him in 54th place on their best tackle in the NFL list.
Ereck Flowers is a huge man standing at a height of 6 ft 6 1⁄4 in and weighing 329 lb (1.99 m). It is no wonder that he is considered an intense rascal on the field and he keeps his bulk up with weightlifting besides the strenuous activities that he engages in on the field. Despite his stature, Ereck Flowers is actually considered a gentle and calm man when he is not on the field tackling opposing team members.
- Ereck Flowers was the highest selected Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman, obtaining the bragging rights that Bryant McKinnie had held since 2002.
- Ereck Flowers took up his college jersey number (74) after Geoff Schwartz, who had formerly worn it, left the team in Flowers’ second season.
- The offensive tackle has never had a discipline problem since he started playing football as pointed out by his coach at the University of Miami.
- The New York Giants declined the fifth-year option on Ereck Flowers contract and so, he becomes a free agent come 2019.