Growing up in New York City and going to Springfield Gardens High School in Queens, Eric Truvillion knew from an early age that nothing lasts forever, and that playing football might be fun, but that he shouldn't anticipate doing it forever.

During his collegiate football career at Florida A&M, where he played quarterback and defensive back, he also starred in academia, earning induction in "Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities" and being a regular on the dean's list.  Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology and Business, Truvillion was signed by the hometown Jets in 1982, but was cut just a week before the season was scheduled to begin.

The USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits signed him that November, converting him to a wide receiver.  There he caught 66 passes for 15 touchdowns and 1,080 yards in his rookie season, helping pace the "Banditball" offense of Steve Spurrier.  The following year he led the Bandits in receptions (70) and yardage (1,044) as the team went 14-4-0 and made the USFL playoffs.  A serious knee injury in 1985 essentially ended his football days, catching 31 passes that year.  When the USFL was done, Truvillion prepared for the next phase of his life, playing briefly as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike, but otherwise leaving football behind. 

In 1988 Truvillion would join New England Financial's Tampa office.  Gaining his securities licenses, Truvillion has since received numerous community and industry awards, building a large, diverse clientele whom he assists with a unique approach:  "Let's not predict your future, let's create it."  That type of approach has aided Truvillion throughout his life, both on and off the field.

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ERIC TRUVILLION

Tampa Bay Bandits
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