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121. Irving Fryar

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121.  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! - 62.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.9%
No opinion. - 1%
No way! - 8.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Mount Holly, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1984
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
  • 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)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1) (1985)
  • 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: Yards per Reception (1) (1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards per Game (3) (1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (1) (1996)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (3) (1985, 1986 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (4) (1984, 1985, 1986 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (4) (1984, 1985, 1986 & 1988)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 18.   Receiving Touchdowns: 84
    20.   Receiving Yards: 12,785
    26.   Receptions: 851
    28.   All-Purpose Yards: 15,587
    35.   Punt Return Yards: 2,055
    39.   Punt Returns: 206
    41.   Touchdowns: 88
    49.   Yards from Scrimmage: 13,027
    76.   Yards per Punt Return: 10.0

Should Irving Fryar be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 62.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.9%
No opinion. - 1%
No way! - 8.9%
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