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Irving Fryar
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
80, 86
Born September 28, 1962 (1962-09-28) (age 47)
Browns Mills, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19842000
NFL Draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Nebraska
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 851
Receiving yards 12,785
Touchdowns 84
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Irving Dale Fryar (born September 28, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League.

Fryar now resides in the Jobstown section of Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.[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).

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).

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.

His son Londen Fryar plays CB for the New York Giants.

NFL records

  • Touchdown receptions from 19 different passers
  • Consecutive seasons with 10+ receptions - 17 (1984–2000)
  • Consecutive seasons with 150+ receiving yards - 17 (1984–2000)
  • Consecutive seasons with 2+ touchdown receptions - 16 (1985–2000)
  • Consecutive seasons with 2+ touchdowns - 16 (1985–2000) - tied with Marcus Allen
  • 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


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin. "JERSEY; Ex-N.F.L. Star Now Hauls In Lost Souls", The New York Times, December 31, 2006. Accessed November 3, 2007. "He moved back to New Jersey, to nearby rural Jobstown, after he retired in 2001 from the Washington Redskins."

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