Eric Weems net worth: Eric Weems is an American professional football player at the wide receiver position for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL who has a net worth of $1.5 million.
Eric Grimes Weems (born July 4, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver, special teamer, and return specialist.
With the college recruitment process over, Eric had more than enough opportunities to choose from but he decided to stay close to home and accept his offer with The University of Memphis Tigers.
During his freshman year, Eric’s performance wasn’t exactly something that had him on everyone’s radar statewide but then during his junior season that very same year (2007), while playing in only 9 games due to injury still managed to lead team with 40 receptions, 639 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
Eric’s senior year at Memphis he once again proved to be a valuable asset with 46 receptions, 844 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. After college, Weems was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on May 1, 2008 as an undrafted free agent who later became one of the most feared return specialists in the NFL.
Eric has set several franchise records over his career with the Falcons including longest punt return (89 yards), consecutive games with at least one reception (18) and kickoff returns for touchdowns (2).
During his seven-year career he also played for Chicago Bears before returning back to the Atlanta on March 2015 where he is currently still listed on their roster.
Eric Weems was signed as undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons on May 1, 2008 after a successful college tenure at the University of Memphis Grizzlies.
During his rookie season (2008), he was placed on injured reserve due to knee injury after only playing in 3 games that year and recording no statistics.
In 2009, Eric returned from injury and finished 4th among NFL for kickoff returns with 26.4 yds per return and 7th for total kick return yards with 787 (37-567). 2010 saw Weems continue to be one of the most explosive special teams players in the league as he earned his first Pro Bowl selection as NFC kick returner while also finishing 8th among NFL for punt returns averaging 11.7 yds per return.
The same year he was also named as a First-team All-Pro as a special teams player/kickoff returner by the Associated Press and was also awarded Falcons’ 2010 Ed Block Courage Award for “demonstrating commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage”.
In 2011, Eric earned his 2nd Pro Bowl selection as NFC kick returner while leading NFL with 4,610 total kickoff return yards (1,139 – 31-664) and scoring two touchdowns (94 – 98 yds, 83 – 100 yds). 2012 saw Eric’s overall performance drop due to an ankle injury which required surgery after week 11 but still finished 9th among NFL for punt returns averaging.7 yds per attempt.
He also earned his 2nd Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player/punt returner by the Associated Press and was also named NFC Special Teams Player of the Year. 2013 saw Eric setting career highs in receptions (34) and receiving yards (431) while scoring one touchdown and adding two more on kickoff returns.
In March 2015, Weems signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth $5.5 million that included $1 million signing bonus. In July 2016, he was placed on injured reserve list due to a broken arm suffered in training camp.
On April 5, 2017, Weems re-signed with the Falcons on a one-year contract. During Week 3 against the Detroit Lions, Weems scored his first touchdown as a Falcon on a 95-yard kickoff return.
In 2018, Weems was placed on injured reserve after suffering a serious knee injury during the preseason.
His Married Life:
Weems is married to Shaylyn Weems with three children together: twins Eric Jr and Ella and another son named EJ. He has another son from a previous relationship, Ean .
His cousin, Anthony Amos is currently a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). During January 2012, he traveled to Haiti to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
In June 2015, Eric opened up his own chicken sandwich restaurant called Uncle Weems owned by him and his wife called “Uncle Weem’s Chicken” in Atlanta after his grandmother’s nickname.
In November 2014, Weems and his wife were robbed by three men at gunpoint while waiting for a gasoline attendant to fill up their tank at a gas station located in Atlanta.
The robbers fled with Weems’ wallet containing $200 and his wife’s purse containing an iPhone 5s, house keys, car key and credit cards. After an investigation was undertaken by the Atlanta Police Department (APD), one of the three suspects have been identified as 17-year-old Demarquise Elkins who shot himself in the head when approached by police officers in Spalding County later in the month.
The two other suspects in the shooting were also tracked down using Apple iCloud service which led them to Larnell Sturdivant, an acquaintance of Elkins.
However, the murder charges against all three suspects were dropped after police said they couldn’t find a direct link between them and Weems’ shooting.