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Jay Fiedler
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
9, 11
Born December 29, 1971 (1971-12-29) (age 38)
Oceanside, New York
Career information
Year(s) 19942005
College Dartmouth
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 69-66
Yards 11,844
QB Rating 77.1
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Jay Brian Fiedler (born December 29, 1971) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

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Early life and high school years

Fiedler was born on Long Island in Oceanside, New York. He is a distant relative of Arthur Fiedler, the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Fiedler attended Oceanside High School in Oceanside, and won varsity letters as a quarterback in football, a point guard in basketball, and as a decathlete in track and field. He was influenced greatly by football coach Frank Luisi, who is also an English teacher at Oceanside High School. Fiedler told ESPN Magazine that his hero growing up was "my coach at Oceanside High School, Frank Luisi," who "would do anything for us. Coach kept me focused. He still calls after every game."

College career

He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Dragon Senior Society.

Fiedler led Dartmouth to a 22-7-1 record from 1991-93, Ivy titles in 1991 (6-0-1) and 1992 (6-1-0), and second place in 1993. He was the Ivy player-of-the-year, All-Ivy League first team, and third team All-America in 1992. In 1993 he engineered comeback victories in four of the Green's last five games, and repeated as All-Ivy League first team quarterback. During three seasons, Fiedler set Dartmouth records for touchdown passes (58), passing yards (6,684) and total offense (7,249 yards).[1]

Fiedler was named Co-Offensive Player of the Game in the 1994 East-West Shrine Game. He received a Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship, and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Professional career

Fiedler had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-95), Minnesota Vikings (1998), and Jacksonville Jaguars (1999) before finding steady work with the Dolphins (2000-04) beginning in 2000. In between his time with the Eagles and Vikings, Fiedler served as a receivers coach at Hofstra University in 1997 before being signed as a free agent by Minnesota in 1998.

Fiedler's stint with the Miami Dolphins featured three 10+ win seasons in four years, two 11-5 seasons in 2000 and 2001, an AFC East title, and two postseason appearances including a victory for the Miami Dolphins. During these years, the Dolphins' offense lagged notably behind its defense, which featured perennial Pro-Bowlers in linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive end Jason Taylor, and cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.

Fiedler's stint with the Miami Dolphins featured mediocre regular season performances (66 touchdown passes to 63 interceptions) and poor post-season performances. He threw one touchdown and seven interceptions with a record of one win and two losses in post-season play while with the Dolphins.

Fiedler signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2005, as a backup quarterback to Chad Pennington. He suffered an injury on his right shoulder in a game on September 25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and as a result missed the rest of the season. Ironically, Pennington's injury earlier in that game would also turn out to be season-ending, despite the fact that Pennington came back into the game to relieve Fiedler.

Fiedler was released by the Jets on February 22, 2006, and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who released him in August of that year due to injury as Fiedler had a nagging shoulder issue and was unable to practice. Fiedler sat out 2006 rehabilitating his throwing shoulder following his release from Tampa Bay.

Fiedler was set to work out for the Falcons in April 2007, according to his agent Bryan Levy.[2] In addition, the Giants considered signing him but eventually signed Anthony Wright instead.[3]

Fiedler played in 76 games with 60 starts and is a 58.7 percent career passer. He has thrown 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions.

Outside of the NFL

In 2007, Fiedler and Demetrius Ford became co-owners of the CBA basketball expansion team, The East Kentucky Miners, based in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Fiedler, who is Jewish, was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. At the time of his induction, Fiedler mentioned how strong he is in his faith. Fiedler was one of two active NFL players inducted into the Hall that year, the other being then-Pittsburgh Steelers punter Josh Miller. ESPN personality Chris Berman would also occasionally allude to Fiedler's faith by referring to him as Fiedler on the Roof after performing well in games, even going far as to start singing If I Were a Rich Man during highlights.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Marino
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
2000-2003
Succeeded by
Brian Griese
Preceded by
Brian Griese
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
2003-2004
Succeeded by
A.J. Feeley







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