Eric Kattus

Eric Kattus
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-03-04) March 4, 1963
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 4 / Pick: 91
Career history
Career highlights and awards
All-Big Ten Conference
Michigan Wolverines Captain
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 66
Yards: 698
Touchdowns: 5

Eric Kattus (born March 4, 1963) is a former professional American football tight end who played primarily for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He also played briefly with the New York Jets of the NFL. He had played in college for the Michigan Wolverines football team where he served as captain of the team during the 1985 season. He was also a member of the 1982 Big Ten Conference Champions.


Kattus' and the 1982 Big Ten Conference Champions went to the 1983 Rose Bowl.

After attending Colerain High School, Kattus spent five years at the University of Michigan, where he redshirtted one year and was a varsity letterman for four, while wearing the #81.[1] As a redshirt freshman, he was a member of the 1982 Big Ten Champions who went to the Rose Bowl.[2] At the University of Michigan he earned All Big Ten Conference honors in his senior season. He was captain and started all 12 games for Bo Schembechler's Michigan team that ended the season ranked #2 in both the A.P. and U.P.I. polls after a Fiesta Bowl victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers gave them a 10-1-1 record for the season.[3] Kattus caught eight touchdowns for the Wolverines among his 38 receptions for 582 yards. Each of the three times he caught six passes that season he scored at least one touchdown and twice he scored two. In another game where he caught five passes, he had his only 100 yard game with 123 yards and a touchdown.[4] His senior season was quite a progression from his previous seasons, which totaled seven receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Professional career

Kattus was drafted in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the his hometown Cincinnati Bengals with the 91st pick overall.[5] He played for the Bengals for the first six years of his NFL career from 1986 to 1991. During that time he had modest success with his best season being 1987 when he totaled 217 receiving yards on 18 receptions with two touchdowns.[6] He also played on special teams and fielded an occasional squib kickoff return. In his six years Bengals won two American Football Conference central division championships (1988 &1990).[7][8] In 1988, they won the conference championship but lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII. The Bengal playoff run that season was best remembered for the Ickey Shuffle. Kattus was not on the Super Bowl gameday roster.[9] The Bengals also had winning season in his rookie year, going 10-6 but missing the playoffs. The Bengals did not have winning records in any of his other season with the team.

Kattus spent his entire Bengals career in the shadow of fellow tight end Rodney Holman who played for the Bengals from 1982 to 1992 and went to the Pro Bowl three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990.[10] The only season during Kattus' Bengals tenure that Holman did not play all 16 regular season games was the season Kattus had his best year. The Bengals played five playoff games during Kattus' years in Cincinnati, but Kattus only caught a pass in one. He in fact caught two passes for nineteen yards and a touchdown in the first round Wild Card game of the 1990-91 NFL playoffs against the Houston Oilers.[11]

He saw no passes as a member of Bruce Coslet' 4-12 1992 New York Jets in his final season.[12] Kattus signed with the Jets after Johnny Mitchell was placed on injured reserve.[13] Coslet had been the Bengals' offensive coordinator and as a result of the similarities Kattus was familiar with the Jets' offensive scheme.[14] Kattus was cut when Mitchell and Siupeli Malamala were reactivated four weeks later.[15]

See also


  1. "Bentley Historical Library -- -- U of M Football Rosters: Kattus". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003-08-25. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  2. "1982 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  3. "1985 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  4. "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  5. "1986 NFL Player Draft". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  6. "All-Time Players: Eric Kattus". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  7. "1988 Cincinnati Bengals". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  8. "1990 Cincinnati Bengals". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  9. "Super Bowl XXIII Rosters, Coaching Staff, & Schedules". Hoffco, Inc. 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  10. "Rodney Holman". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  11. "Eric Kattus". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  12. "1992 New York Jets". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  13. "Transactions". The New York Times Company. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  14. Smith, Timothy W. (2007-09-10). "FOOTBALL; Jets' Plan of Action: To Reinstate the Run". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  15. Smith, Timothy W. (2007-10-08). "PRO FOOTBALL; No-Huddle Means No Time For Jets' Defense to Adjust (page 2)". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
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