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74.  Irving Fryar
As the first overall pick in 1984, many expected Irving Fryar to be great right away.  He wasn’t, but his career showcased a slow climb to being one of the elite receivers in football, and a lot of times hearing his number called by broadcasters on Sunday afternoons.

Irving Fryar was always a good NFL receiver, but he became a go to Wide Receiver in his late 20’s.  It was between the ages of 29 and 35 that Fryar had his five 1,000 yard seasons and it was also at this time that he saw his name among the league leaders in receiving categories.  Fryar holds the record for touchdown receptions from the most Quarterbacks (19) and with his emergence late in his career as a star; he rapidly climbed up the all time statistical ranks.

As good as Irving Fryar was, he never led a major offensive category and was never named to a First Team All Pro team.  Chances are that Fryar would have had to that at least once to be considered a viable Hall candidate as despite his career numbers his name does not come often in the Canton conversation.

Should Irving Fryar be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 53.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 26.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 2.4%
No way! - 14.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Mount Holly, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1984
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots
  • College: Nebraska
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 1st Pick in 1984
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1985, 1993, 1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Second Team All Pro Selections (2) (1985 & 1994)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (2) (1996 & 1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (1993, 1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (1) (1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (3) (1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (1996)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 18.   Receiving Touchdowns: 84
    19.   Receiving Yards: 12,785
    26.   Receptions: 851
    26.   All Purpose Yards: 15,587
    34.   Punt Return Yards: 2,055
    35.   Touchdowns: 88
    38.   Punt Returns: 206
    48.   Yards from Scrimmage: 13,027

Should Irving Fryar be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 53.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 26.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.4%
No opinion. - 2.4%
No way! - 14.6%
Last modified on Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:14


0 #3 James Rochelle 2015-07-25 19:58
Yes he should be voted in the Hall of Fame without a doubt he was the best in my opinon out there and his record speaks for itself.
+1 #2 Turk Johnson 2015-02-02 06:10
Love the story of Irving Fryar conquering his personal demons, and that is the most important thing in his life. But, as far as why he isn't in the hall of fame, it's largely because he spent he early years playing with a bad team that was poorly coached and had bad QBs. Had he played for a great team his whole career he'd have better numbers and probably some iconic moments to go with the numbers.
-1 #1 Rev. Dr. Carl Jones 2012-07-22 00:41
Mr. Fryar was a slow start in the league because his personal priorities and focus as a very young man was different. He was blessed to have wife and family who spent less time judging and more time praying. Irving maturity both in the NFL and in the cummunities where he played where role model for many of his NFL Colleagues. So, Irving Fryar's exemplary record on and off the field will always stand. I know that he knows that " They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount with wing as eagles; They shall run and not get weary; they shall walk and not faint. I VOTE HALL OF FAME!!!! :-?

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