PRO: With the season ending injury to Barry Church, the Dallas Cowboys were in need of another safety and signed veteran Eric Frampton on Sept. 25. Frampton has five years of NFL experience while playing in 76 career games with both the Minnesota Vikings (2007-2011) and the Detroit Lions (2007). His impact has mostly been felt on special teams where he has accumulated 91 career special teams tackles and was voted the Vikings Special Teams MVP in 2011 while making a career-high 22 stops. Frampton was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
9/25/12: Signed by Dallas.
7/31/11: Re-signed by the Vikings and released (8/31/12).
4/12/10: Signed a one-year contract with Minnesota.
10/22/07: Acquired off waivers from Detroit to Minnesota.
9/2/07: Signed by Detroit and released (10/21).
4/29/07: Drafted in the fifth round (165th overall) by Oakland and released (9/1).
- Began the 2012 offseason with Minnesota but was released during final cuts on Aug. 31.
- Signed by Dallas on Sept. 25.
- Voted the Vikings Special Teams MVP by his teammates and led the Vikings with a career-best 22 special teams tackles.
- Key element of the Vikings kickoff return unit that set a team record with a 26.9-yard average, the second-best mark in the NFL.
- Helped Vikings special teams units rank among the NFL’s best in kickoff coverage, holding opponents to a start inside the 20 on 19 occasions.
- Minnesota had four kickoff returns of 50+ yards during the season, tops in the NFL.
- Notched a career-high with four special teams tackles in the season opener at San Diego (9/11).
- Tied for third on the team with 10 special teams tackles.
- Stepped into the defensive backfield at safety against Chicago (12/20) on Monday Night Football and notched four tackles on defense and added a special teams stop.
- Had a season-high two special teams tackles in three games during the season.
- Ranked fourth on the team during the regular season with 18 special teams stops.
- Had a season-best three special teams tackles at Pittsburgh (10/25) and against Seattle (11/22).
- Tied for a team-high in special teams tackles in the playoffs with five.
- Forced a fumble on kickoff coverage against Chicago (11/29) and had a forced fumble on punt coverage at New Orleans (1/24/10) in the NFC Championship game.
- Relied upon heavily as a special teams leader after the preseason loss of special teams captain Heath Farwell.
- Played in all 16 games for the Vikings and ranked second on the team in special teams tackles with 21.
- Had season-highs in tackles with three at Chicago (10/19) and against Atlanta (12/21).
- Recorded one stop on special teams in the Vikings Wild Card playoff game against Philadelphia (1/4/09).
- After being drafted by the Raiders, was released at the end of training camp and acquired off waivers by Detroit.
- Notched six special teams tackles in five games played with the Lions.
- Had a season-best three special teams tackles at Philadelphia (9/23) with Detroit.
- Played on defense and special teams in his first NFL game in the season opener at Oakland (9/9), facing his former team.
- Released by Detroit on Oct. 21 and acquired off waivers by Minnesota on Oct. 22.
- Ranked fourth on the Vikings with 14 special teams tackles despite only playing in nine games with the team.
- Had a season-high three special teams tackles in a pair of games: against Philadelphia (10/28) and against Chicago (12/17).
- Started 23-of-46 games at Washington State and produced 219 career tackles, including two sacks, 9.5 tackles for losses and two quarterback pressures.
- Also scored a pair of touchdowns on his six career interceptions.
- Named first-team All-Pac 10 and was a second team All-American selection as a special teams performer and honorable mention as a defender by The NFL Draft Report as a senior.
- Finished his final collegiate season with a team-high 100 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, a team-high five interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, a team-leading 13 pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
- Started all 11 contests as a junior and led the team with 87 tackles along with a sack, 5.5 tackles for losses, a quarterback pressure, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, deflected eight passes and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.
- Played 11 games as a sophomore to tally 24 tackles and three pass breakups.
- Played mainly on special teams as a redshirt freshman, registering eight tackles in 12 games.
- Redshirted as a true freshman.
- Attended Oak Grove High School in San Jose, Calif.
- Selected by Super Prep Magazine as the #61 prospect in California/Hawaii/Nevada and was named to the Western 100 by the Tacoma News Tribune.
- As a senior, missed five games with a broken collar bone, but still had 30 tackles in six games.
- Rushed for 17 touchdowns and was an all-league pick as a junior.
- Majored in business administration/entrepreneurship at Washington State.
- Married to Eimy Escano during the 2009 offseason.
Participated in the 2009 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener events, helping teach kids about fishing and outdoor activities.