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70. Irving Fryar

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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.

The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Mount Holly, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:

Wide Receiver

Played for:
New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins


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:
13.   Receiving Yards: 12,785
14.   Receiving Touchdowns: 84
17.   Receptions: 851
20.   All Purpose Yards: 15,587
29.   Punt Return Yards: 2,055
33.   Touchdowns: 88
38.   Yards from Scrimmage: 13,027

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:

Should Irving Fryar be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 44.4%
Last modified on Sunday, 23 February 2014 22:33


-1 #1 Rev. Dr. Carl Jones 2012-07-21 20:41
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!!!! :-?
+1 #2 Turk Johnson 2015-02-02 01:10
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.

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