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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.New England Patriots

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.  

Irving Fryar with the Philadelphia EaglesIn 1996 the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Irving.  This was a wise move on the part of the Eagles—Fryar 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.

Fortunately for us, 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 Washington Redskins critical to the Redskins' fortunes for 1999—late 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.

Achievements and awards...

  • Only NFL player to post three 1,000-plus yards with three different teams
  • Only player in NFL to catch 50 or more passes in each season from 1991-98.
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl on five occasionsthree times on the AFC squad and twice on the NFC squad.
  • Referred to as "The Rev" by his teammates, Irving attended the South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary in the spring of 1997 to obtain his bachelor's degree in bible study and is working on his master's degree in divinity.
  • Formed The Fryar Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youths in the Florida area
  • Extremely involved with Eagles Youth Partnership, the charitable wing of the Eagles, and was named the Eagles' finalist for NFL Man of the Year in both `96 and `97 in recognition of the time and effort he frequently gives to the community.
  • Received the NFL's Extra Effort Award for the month of September 1997Sunday is My Day, book by Irving Fryar
  • Won the NE Patriots' 1776 Quarterback Club Community Service Award in 1988 for his numerous talks to youth groups on behalf of "Just Say No" and D.A.R.E. campaigns
  • Author, Sunday is My Day
  • United Way spokesperson for the NFL
  • High on the lists of the NFL's rankings for career receptions, receiving years, and receiving touchdowns.

Irving and his wife Jackie have four children.  He has been active in supporting Burlington County athletic and youth programs.  We salute him for his continued involvement both on and off the field! 

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