BOONE — Eric Breitenstein’s collection of awards and honors from Wofford College, where he was a record-setting running back, keeps growing.
Wofford’s athletic department announced that it will retire Breitenstein’s jersey in a ceremony on Sept. 21 when the Terriers host visiting Gardner-Webb. The game begins at 6 p.m.
Breitenstein wore No. 7 while playing at Wofford. He also wore No. 2 while playing at Watauga, which has also been retired.
Breitenstein, a four-year starter for Watauga from 2004-07 and a former all-state safety and running back for the Pioneers during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, played running back at Wofford from 2008-12. He is the Terriers’ all-time rusher with 5,730 yards and holds he single-season rushing record of 2.035 yards in 2011.
“What a truly great honor,” Breitenstein said in a statement. “It is hard to know what to say. Wofford was my first offer and was loyal to me throughout the recruiting process. That loyalty didn’t waver while I was at Wofford, nor has it since I left. I was given countless opportunities to succeed as a part of some of the greatest teams to ever play at Wofford. I played behind offensive lines that were made up of multiple all-conference performers, Jacobs Blocking Trophy winners, a Remington Award winner, and a couple of Wofford Hall of Famers.”
Breitenstein was the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also a three-time FCS All-American and holds five Wofford rushing records.
Breitenstein played for Wofford’s legendary coach Mike Ayers, who is retired. The Terriers ran an option-style offense that featured Breitenstein in the backfield.
Watauga also ran a similar option offense during Breitenstein’s two final varsity seasons when he led the Pioneers to back-to-back appearances in the North Carolina state 4-A western regional finals.
“I am so grateful to have had the chance to play at Wofford College, for Mike Ayers and his coaching staff, and with all of my teammates,” Breitenstein said. “We had a couple of incredible runs and this honor will stand as a testament to the success we all achieved.”
Breitenstein graduated in December of 2012 with a degree in environmental studies. He lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife Reagan and their daughter Lily.