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Irving Fryar was one of the first inductees for Mt. Holly Pro Day 1998.
Born September 28, 1962, he attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School and played football for Coach Bill Gordon. While at RV, he lettered in his last three years for baseball and football. He was named to both the All County and All State teams and played in the All-State football game his senior year of high school.
Many universities were interested in Irving and he eventually chose Nebraska. Under Coach Tom Osborne, Irving had an outstanding career as a wide receiver and specialty player.
He capped his college career with selections to the Big Eight 1st Team and the Kodak All-American Team. He also played in the Orange Bowl and Japan Bowl.
Fryar is one of only two receivers selected first in the NFL draft. He was selected by the New England Patriots and played for them for eight years. In 1993 Irving was traded to the Miami Dolphins where he was a favorite receiver for Dan Marino.
In 1996, the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Fryar. This was a wise move on the part of the EaglesFryar became their leading receiver. He also become the eighth player in NFL history to reach 12,000.
Irving announced his retirement from the Eagles and football at the close of the 1998-1999 season, however, retirement was not to be. Fryar was coaxed out of retirement to sign with the Washington Redskins.
The veteran receiver told coaches he preferred playing mostly in a reserve role. Even as a backup, Fryar showed he can be a great asset producing 26 catches for 254 yards and two TDs.
One catch in particular was critical to the Redskins' fortunes for 1999late in the fourth quarter as they trailed the 49ers Fryar made a diving, 20-yard, third-down reception to the San Francisco 11-yard line, keeping a drive alive. (The catch was initially ruled incomplete before being changed to a reception upon replay review.) The Redskins capitalized on that play and were able to tie the game. They won in overtime, 26-20, to clinch the NFC East title.
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He is a pastor of a church he founded, and for a time served as a high school football coach in Robbinsville, NJ. Irving has four children. We salute him for his continued involvement both on and off the field!
2015, Bill Gordon Mt. Holly Pro Day