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Apr 21, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Eric Torkelson

Class of 1970, Football

Eric Torkelson was a running back, defensive back and team captain for the BH-BL Spartans, winning All-State honors in his senior year. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he was New England Player of the year in 1973 and named to the All-Yankee Conference team as a running back.

Eric was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1974 and played there for eight seasons as a running back and special teams player. In his NFL career, he rushed for 1,307 yards, caught 59 passes for 469 yards, and scored eight touchdowns. His best season was 1979 when he ran for 401 yards and three touchdowns.

Eric has been married to his wife Emily for 24 years, and has three daughters, Amy, Michelle and Anne, as well as two grandchildren, Elijah and Nova. He has worked for Styker Corporation, a medical supply company, for the past 23 years, and currently lives in Oneida, Wisconsin.