Eric Rakus
Football, Baseball, Wrestling
​Inducted in 2014
Eric Rakus graduated from Suffield Academy in 2003. To say he was a multi-talented athlete would be understating his athletic ability. Eric's athletic career began in the Suffield Little League where he was chosen as an All-Star for three years. In this time frame, Eric also played Jets Midget football where he received the Gather Award as the league's outstanding player in 1997.

Eric entered Suffield Academy and played four years of varsity football. Starting as a defensive player, he subsequently shifted to running back where he ran for over 2400 yards and 28 touchdowns in his final two seasons. He captained the team in 2001 and 2002. He was chosen the team's MVP in the above years as well as being selected All New England each year. In his senior year Eric received the National Football Hall of Fame Foundation Scholar Athlete Award plus was awarded a football scholarship to Lehigh University. In the winter season, Eric was a heavyweight wrestler for four years. He captained the team in 2001 and 2002 and was team MVP for three years. He was a State Champion in his sophomore and senior years and a New England Champion in 2002. He finished undefeated in that senior year and amassed nearly 70 wins over his 4-year career. In the spring Eric played varsity baseball his first two years before moving over to track for his junior and senior years. He captained the track team in 2003 and was selected as team MVP as well. At graduation Eric received the George Butler Cup awarded to the outstanding Academy athlete.

At Lehigh Eric played four years of varsity football helping the Mountain Hawks to two shared league championships. Returning once again to defense (and serving as the team's long snapper), he was selected All Patriot League first team in 2006. Eric also was awarded the McConologue Football award in 2006 and the Booster Club Defensive Award.