Former Patriot To Be Honored

<P>Playmakers are the key to the success of any team in the NFL. To put it simply, if you want to win, you have to have some on your side of the field. The NFL draft is loaded with playmakers, from Braylon Edwards to Mark Clayton, among others. One former Patriot was such a playmaker in his day, even helping his team reach the Superbowl. This former (now retired) Patriot is being honored by his college after a long distinquished career as playmaker in the NFL.</P>

PHOTO: Philadelphia Eagles wide reciever Irving Fryar waves to the crowd as he takes a lap with a new Harley Davidson motorcycle he was presented during a pre-game ceremony Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998 in Philadelphia. Fryar will retire after 15 seasons following Sunday's game against the New York Giants.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Former Patriot To Be Honored
Irving Fryar and fellow Huskers to be recognized
By Patriots Insider Staff

New England Patriots legend Irving Fryar is scheduled to attend the Nebraska Cornhuskers Red-White Spring Game, along with other former great Cornhuskers from the NFL, past and present.

An All-American at Nebraska, Fryar was selected first overall by New England in the 1984 NFL Draft and played in one Super Bowl with five Pro Bowl appearances. He was best known in Nebraska for being part of the "triplets", a dominating offensive force also known as "The Scoring Explosion." He will be honored along with fellow "Explosion" teammates Turner Gill and Mike Rozier, and 20 other Huskers.

A former first round draft pick (1984) by the Patriots, he epitomized the value teams can get by selecting a promising young wide receiver in the first day of the NFL Draft. While not the most widely known in the league during his days, he was a productive and reliable target.

Fryar made his name in New England for his on-field plays and unfortunately, his off-field troubles. When he moved from New England to Miami, then Philadelphia and eventually to Washington, he extended his career far beyond what is typical for an NFL player.

After 17 long seasons, Fryar ended his career in Washington and is listed as the 6th all-time leader in NFL receptions (851), and 8th in overall career receiving yardage (12,785).

Fryar may be fondly remembered by Patriots fans who saw him set a personal best for receiving yards in a game (211), as a member of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were playing in a division matchup against his former team, the Patriots, September 4th, 1994. His record, still stands second best in Dolphins team history.

An ordained minister, Fryar was known as "The Rev" around the locker room. He now resides with his family in Jobstown, N.J.


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