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Irving Fryar
No. 80, 86     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-09-28) September 28, 1962 (age 59)
Place of birth: Mount Holly Township, New Jersey
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1984 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 2000 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     851
Receiving yards     12,785
Touchdowns     84
Stats at

Irving Dale Fryar, Sr. (born September 28, 1962) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen seasons. Fryar played college football for the University of Nebraska, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected with the first overall pick of the 1984 NFL Draft, becoming the first wide receiver to be taken number one overall, and played professionally for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins of the NFL.

Early years

Fryar grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey and played high school football at Rancocas Valley Regional High School.[1]

College career

An All-American for the University of Nebraska in 1983, Fryar played alongside Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier (running back) and Heisman finalist Turner Gill (quarterback).


Receiving Rushing
1981 3 70 23.1 1 7 30 4.3 1
1982 24 346 17.3 2 20 253 12.7 2
1983 40 780 19.5 8 23 318 13.8 2
Totals 67 1,196 17.9 11 52 615 11.8 5

Professional career

Fryar was the first wide receiver to be drafted first overall in the NFL Draft when the New England Patriots made him the top selection of the 1984 NFL Draft.

Fryar played in Super Bowl XX with the Patriots and scored their only touchdown in their 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. He played a total of 255 games in his career and made the Pro Bowl five times (1985, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997). He was one of the few marquee players on the dreadful 1990 team.

Fryar retired from the NFL in 2001 after completing 17 NFL seasons. During that time, he caught 851 passes for 12,785 yards and 84 touchdowns, along with one rushing and three punt return touchdowns. He also gained 242 rushing yards, 2,055 yards returning punts, 505 yards on kickoff returns, and 7 fumble return yards, giving him 15,594 all-purpose yards.

Fryar's 255 played games are the most ever for a New Jersey born player.[2]


Fryar's son, Londen Fryar, played cornerback for the New York Giants after a collegiate career at Western Michigan University.

In 2003, Fryar founded New Jerusalem House of God and serves as their pastor. They held their first service on Sunday, June 8, 2003 at The Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, NJ where they held services for 1 year. From there, they moved to Joey's Catering in Burlington, NJ and held services there for 2 years. In April of 2006, under the leadership of Pastor Fryar, New Jerusalem House of God acquired and moved into their own building located at 400 Washington Street in Mt. Holly, NJ where they continue to worship and serve the surrounding community.

On Oct. 16, 2013 Fryar was indicted, along with his mother, by New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman on charges they engaged in a sophisticated mortgage loan scheme to defraud five banks of $690,000 in home equity loans. If convicted, Fryar faces 5 to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. [3]

NFL records

  • Touchdown receptions from 19 different passers
  • Consecutive seasons with 2+ touchdown receptions - 16 (1985–2000)
  • Consecutive seasons with 2+ touchdowns - 16 (1985–2000) - tied with Marcus Allen and Tony Gonzalez
  • 1st player to record a touchdown reception in 17 consecutive seasons (1984–2000) - (broken by Jerry Rice who ended up with 20 consecutive seasons with a TD reception)
  • Oldest player to score 4 touchdowns (all receptions) in a single game (10/20/1996) - 34 years, 22 days
  • 2nd most receiving yards in a half - 211 (2nd half, Sept. 5, 1994) (Steve Largent had 224 in the 1st half against replacement players in 1987)


  1. Weinberg, David. "NEW JERSEY NATIVE FRYAR AGREES TO PACT WITH EAGLES", The Press of Atlantic City, March 20, 1996. Accessed February 28, 2011. "Fryar, who grew up in Mount Holly and starred at Rancocas Valley High School, became the second area native to sign with the Eagles during the offseason, joining Trenton's Troy Vincent."
  2. "The Newark Star Ledger". April 22, 2012.
  3. "Former NFL Star Irving Fryar Indicted in Home Equity Loan Scheme"

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