12 Superstar Athletes Who Grew Up Here

These sports greats spent their formative years in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.


Eric Metcalf, courtesy Cleveland Browns

Eric Metcalf

As a freshman, Eric Metcalf wasn’t allowed to play on the varsity team at his Seattle high school. So he moved. His mother was reportedly fine with the relocation, so as long as he went to a Catholic school. That’s how Metcalf came to live in Arlington with his father, NFL player Terry Metcalf, and attend Bishop O’Connell High School, where he excelled at football—scoring 35 touchdowns in two years—and in track and field, where he set numerous school records. Metcalf graduated from O’Connell in 1985 and went to the University of Texas at Austin. In addition becoming a Heisman Trophy candidate, he nearly qualified for the Olympics in the long jump. After being selected in the first round of the NFL draft, he enjoyed a long, distinguished pro bowl career playing for several teams.

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