Nick Eyre Athlete Profile

#72 Nick Eyre

Nick Eyre
Position: Offensive Tackle Height: 6-5 Weight: 276 Roster Years: 1976-1980 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Hall of Fame: 1990

  • 1990 Football




All-America

  • 1980 AFCA First Team
  • 1980 AFWAA First Team
  • 1980 Consensus
  • 1980 UPI Second Team
  • 1980 AP Third Team

1990 Hall of Fame Inductee

Gentle giant Nick "The Bear" Eyre was BYU football's first consensus All-America lineman.

The offensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nevada, finished third in the Outland Trophy voting and was selected to the Kodak-Coaches and the Football Writers Association All-America teams in 1980.

Nick's accomplishments while at BYU include the following: He was a four-year letterman, a three-year starter for 24 consecutive games, a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer, and a team captain.

Because of these accomplishments, Nick was chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. He was also selected to the BYU Football "All-Decade Team", the WAC 25-Year Anniversary squad, and Street and Smith's 50-Year All-Rockies team.

Nick helped lead the Cougars to four WAC titles, three Holiday Bowl appearances, and a 41-8 record.

He played four years of professional football in the National Football League (Houston Oilers) and the U.S. Football League (Arizona Wranglers). That career was cut short when it was discovered that Nick had cancer, which is now in remission.

Personal

  • From Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Majored in business

Career Highlights

  • Became BYU football's first consensus All-American lineman
  • Finished third in the Outland Trophy voting and was selected to the Kodak-Coaches and the Football Writers Association All-America teams in 1980
  • Two-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer
  • Led the Cougars to four WAC titles, three Holiday Bowl appearances and a 41-8 record

Before BYU

  • Graduated with honors from Las Vegas High
  • Won American Legion Award
  • All-conference selection all three years of prep ball
  • All-state and All-American
  • Voted Mr. Football by teammates
  • Coached by Mickey Curtwright (Missouri)

After BYU

  • Played four years of professional football in the National Football League (Houston Oilers) and the U.S. Football League (Arizona Wranglers)
  • His career was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1990


1976 | Freshman Year

  • Was backup on varsity
  • Played on special teams and made all road trips

1977 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted

1978 | Sophomore Year

  • Was a starter for the majority of games
  • Was injured during the Utah State game
  • Was coaches choice for offensive lineman of the game against Oregon State and Colorado State

1979 | Junior Year

  • All-WAC
  • Started every game
  • Was offensive lineman of the week against UTEP and Long Beach State

1980 | Senior Year

  • BYU football's first consensus All-America lineman
  • Finished third in the Outland Trophy voting
  • Was selected to the Kodak-Coaches and the Football Writers Association All-America teams in 1980
  • Was a four-year letterman, a three-year starter for 24 consecutive games
  • All-WAC
  • Team Captain
  • Chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl
  • Selected to the BYU Football "All-Decade Team", the WAC 25-Year Anniversary squad and Street and Smith's 50-Year All-Rockies team
  • Helped lead the Cougars to four WAC titles, three Holiday Bowl appearances and a 41-8 record