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Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher Was Not a Top Recruit out of High School but Ended up Becoming a No. 1 Draft Pick

Eric Fisher has spent seven seasons in the NFL. He has spent his entire career playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. In high school, Fisher was not a big-time recruit, and he did not play for a top football program in college.

But Fisher worked hard no matter what school he was at, and he ended up becoming a No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Eric Fisher went to a mid-major for college and had a great career

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Fisher is a native of Michigan, and he attended Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School. He was an All-State honorable mention lineman in high school, and he was regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. Fisher was not heavily recruited out of high school, and he ended up playing at Central Michigan University.

Fisher played at Central Michigan from 2009 to 2012, and he made the most out of his career there. In 2011 he was a third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection. Fisher became a leader on the offensive line. He went on to have a breakout year in 2012, where he was a first-team All-MAC selection and a first-team All-American.

Going into the 2013 NFL draft, Fisher was considered one of the top offensive tackles and overall players. Fisher put in the work to have a chance to fulfill his dream of playing the NFL, and his dream became a reality. Even though he wasn’t a top recruit out of high school, he didn’t give up, and it only pushed him to work harder and prove himself to the world.

Eric Fisher becoming the No. 1 draft pick

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, and he became the first MAC player to be drafted No. 1 overall. He’s also one of two Central Michigan players ever to be selected in the first round of an NFL draft, the other player being Joe Staley. Fisher’s dreams finally came true. He went from being a mid-major recruit to a No. 1 draft pick—the true definition of hard work.

In July of 2013, Fisher signed a guaranteed contract with the Chiefs worth $22.1 million with a $14.5 million signing bonus. As a rookie, Fisher struggled a little bit, but Chiefs general manager John Dorsey saw the potential in Fisher and believed that he could develop into a good player. He started in 13 of the 14 games he played during his first season with the Chiefs. In 2014, head coach Andy Reid announced that Fisher would move to the left tackle position on offense.

Fisher continued to improve during his time in Kansas City, and in 2018 he was selected to his first Pro Bowl.

Eric Fisher winning his first Super Bowl

During the 2019 season, Fisher was limited to playing time because of injuries he dealt with throughout the year. He only played in eight games that season. Fisher did suit up and played during the playoffs. The Chiefs were able to advance to the Super Bowl and took on the San Francisco 49ers.

Kansas City went on to win their first championship in 50 years, and Fisher was a part of something special, that not too many football players experience. From the time he graduated from high school, he worked at becoming the best football player he could be, and it has paid off for him.