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Leslie Frazier
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Date of birth April 3, 1959 (1959-04-03) (age 50)
Place of birth Columbus, Mississippi
Position(s) Defensive Coordinator
College Alcorn State
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1981-1985 Chicago Bears
Team(s) as a coach/administrator





Trinity College
Head Coach
University of Illinois
Defensive Backs
Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive Backs
Cincinnati Bengals
Defensive Coordinator
Indianapolis Colts
Defensive Backs
Minnesota Vikings
Defensive Coordinator

Leslie Antonio Frazier (born April 3, 1959 in Columbus, Mississippi) is a former cornerback/safety in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. He is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.


College career

He played college football at Alcorn State University, where he lined up in the defensive secondary next to Roynell Young.

Pro career

Frazier was a part of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that went on to win Super Bowl XX. During the 1985 championship season, Frazier led the team with 6 interceptions. His career was cut short due to a knee injury he suffered returning a punt late in the first half of that Super Bowl. He was also a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Coaching career

Frazier started his coaching career in 1988 as the 1st head coach at Trinity College in Illinois, now known as Trinity International University. He held the position for 9 seasons and built the NAIA program from the ground up and won a pair of Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference titles before he moved on to the University of Illinois in 1997 and '98 as the Illini DBs coach.

In 1999 Frazier joined first time Head Coach Andy Reid as Defensive Backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. It was there that Frazier worked as a fellow assistant with the Vikings current Head Coach, Brad Childress. The Eagles defense improved steadily in the four years that Frazier was there.

He was defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-2004 where he helped turn the unit into a group that increased takeaways from 24 in 2003 to 36 in 2004. The Bengals' 36 takeaways in '04 ranked 3rd in the NFL. The 2004 Bengals notched 20 interceptions, the most since 1996. The Bengals Defense improved from #28 in total yards allowed in 2003 to #19 in 2004, and declined in the two years following his dismissal.

In 2005, Frazier was hired by Tony Dungy as a defensive assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, receiving the title of Special Assistant to the Head Coach as well as Defensive Backs Coach. He was specifically brought in by Dungy to help the Colts young corps of Defensive Backs. During his time in Indy the Colts passing defense improved from 15th in 2005 to 2nd in 2006. On February 4, 2007 the Colts beat Frazier's former team, the Chicago Bears, in Super Bowl XLI. Four days later, on February 8, 2007, he became the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings following the hiring of Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their head coach.

The Vikings gave Frazier a one year contract extension through the 2009 season and he will remain as the defensive coordinator.[1]

Personal Life

Frazier and his wife Gale have 3 children: Kieron, Chantel and Corey. He holds a degree in business administration and was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout his playing career[2].


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Duffner
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Chuck Bresnahan
Preceded by
Mike Tomlin
Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by

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