Eric Decker was an American professional football player who mined his trade in the NFL as a wide receiver for almost a decade(eight years) before he hung his boots in 2018. He enjoyed stellar high school and college sports careers playing both baseball and football. His impressive play as a baseballer got him drafted twice in the Major League Baseball but his desire to be an American football player made him focus more on the pigskin sports. To this end, Decker eventually got drafted by Denver Broncos in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Moreover, Eric Decker is not just known as a former NFL player but also a dedicated husband to Jessie James Decker, a countryside pop music singer, songwriter and author and father to three adorable kids. Learn more in his biography and how he fared in his career, as well as his net worth and who his lovely wife really is.
Eric Decker – Biography
He was born and named Eric Thomas Decker on the 15th day of March 1987 in Cold Spring, Minnesota. Eric had his high school education at Rocori High School, Cold Spring, Minnesota. The young lad was so gifted in the area of sports that during his high school, he played football, basketball as well as Baseball. His outstanding performances in the three sports earned him honors such as All conference, All-Area, and All-section among others. More so, Eric Decker was named football most valuable player (MVP) for two consecutive years. Decker finished off his high school football prep career excellently with 2,156 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.
He got admitted to the University of Minnesota where he signed up with the school’s baseball and football teams. He finished his freshman season with 378 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while in his sophomore, he recorded 909 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Decker improved the records in his junior season in 2008 with an impressive 84 catches for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns while his senior season got concluded with a record of 758 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
While Eric Decker kept on improving his style of play on the gridiron, he wasn’t lacking either in baseball. In fact, his impressive outings got him selected twice to play baseball professionally for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 37th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft and the Minnesota Twins in the 27th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Decker instead chose to drop baseball for football, thus entering the 2010 NFL Draft where he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round.
He inked a four-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth $2,522,000 in July of 2010. During his four year spell with the Broncos, he played a total of 62 games and with 222 receptions for 3070 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns.
Eric Decker joined the New York Jets in March 2014 on a five-year deal worth $36.25 million. He eventually played for three seasons and recorded a total of 33 games with 163 receptions for 2183 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns. Following a late hit he made on Cincinnati Bengals’ Cornerback, Josh Shaw which got him a fine of $9,115 and other challenges that marred his career with the Jets, he was officially released by the Jets on June 12, 2017. This paved way for him to join the Tennessee Titans. He signed a one year contract with the Titans worth $3.85 million on June 18, 2017.
The Minnesota born footballer joined the New England Patriots on August 2, 2018, on a one year deal, three weeks later; precisely on August 26, 2018, surprisingly, Eric announced his retirement from NFL bringing his eight years NFL career to a sudden but successful end.
The 6 ft 3 inches tall ex-footballer alongside his wife starred in E! reality Television show titled Eric & Jessie: Game On which ran for 20 episodes in three seasons from September of 2013 to 2017.
Eric Decker’s Net Worth
There is no doubt that Eric dug a pot of gold in his NFL career which was his primary source of income even as he starred in a television series that also would earn him money. From the information gathered about the ex-footballer, he has a net worth of $10 million.
Family: Parents and Siblings
Eric Decker was born to German parents Susan Meyer and Thomas Charles Decker. During their prime, his father worked as a facilities manager whereas his mother was a sales supervisor. They later got separated as husband and wife but jointly raised their kids. Eric Decker has just one sibling named Sarah Decker who is equally an athlete. Eric’s family have been his massive support system; morally and emotionally which was all he needed to spur him to excel in his career.
His Wife and Kids
The former wide receiver is the proud husband of the fabulous Italian born country singer, Jessie James. They walked down the aisle on June 22, 2013, in Colorado. Their union has brought forth three children namely Vivianne Rose Decker (daughter) born on March 18, 2014, and two sons, Eric Thomas Decker II and Forrest Bradley Decker born on September 3, 2015, and March 31, 2018, respectively.
His 5 feet tall wife was born on 12th April 1988 in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. The musician also doubles as a businesswoman with her clothing line called Kittenish online with its first physical location opened in Nashville, Tennessee in February of 2019.