Cliff Frazier
Date of birth: (1952-11-23)November 23, 1952
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of death: August 17, 2014(2014-08-17) (aged 61)
Career information
Position(s): Defensive Tackle
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 2

Clifford Henry Frazier (23 November 1952 – 17 August 2014) was an American football player and actor. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, starting 12 of 14 games for the Chiefs in 1977.[1] He had played college football for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a member of their 1976 Rose Bowl Game championship team.[1][2][3][4] He was selected for the College All-Star Game after his senior year.[5]

Frazier was the 41st pick in the 2nd round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Chiefs.[1] He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles before the 1976 season in exchange for two future draft picks.[3] The Eagles traded him to the Los Angeles Rams after the season, but the Rams cut him.[6] The Chiefs re-signed him before the 1977 season.[6][7] After one season with the Chiefs, Frazier decided to retire.[8]

After retiring from professional football, Frazier had roles in several films, including North Dallas Forty, House Party, and Barbershop. He played the character of Jethro Snell in 79 (of 80) episodes of HBO's football comedy 1st & 10 between 1984 and 1991.


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  2. "Dynamite Bruins Stagger Ohio St.". January 2, 1976. p. 34.,444489&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cliff Frazier Never Left Camp". The Fort Scott Tribune: p. 10. August 5, 1976.,5755613&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  4. "Chiefs Feel Good About Their Picks". Lawrence Journal-World: p. 16. April 7, 1976.,1422620&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  5. "Football All-Stars Selected". The Southeast Missourian: p. 18. May 16, 1976.,1684835&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Frazier Back, Waddell Cut By Chiefs". Lawrence Journal-World: p. 19. September 7, 1977.,796094&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  7. "Transactions". The Times-News: p. 13. September 7, 1977.,785619&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  8. "Chiefs' Frazier Won't Be Back". The Palm Beach Post: p. E14. July 9, 1978.,4862382&hl=en. Retrieved 2015-09-07.

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