|HometownMt. Holly, NJ|
|High schoolRancocas Valley|
Nebraska's recruiting prowess in the Tom Osborne coaching era was never more evident than in the early 1980s, when the Huskers snagged wingback Irving Fryar and I-back Mike Rozier from New Jersey.
Fryar was the main receiving threat — catching passes from Texan Turner Gill — with the "Triplets" offense that dominated the Big Eight. And, boy, did Fryar deliver. So much so that he was a No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 NFL draft.
Perhaps the most explosive Husker since Johnny Rodgers, Fryar’s senior year averages in 1983 were eye-popping. The consensus All-American averaged 19.5 yards on 40 catches, with eight touchdowns. He rushed 23 times for 318 yards — 13.8 per carry — and two TDs.
The "Flyer," who ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, led the conference in punt returns as a sophomore and junior.
Fryar joined fullback Sam Francis (Philadelphia, 1937) as the only former Huskers to be overall No. 1 NFL draft choices when New England selected him in 1984. Fryar played for the Patriots, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington in a 17-year career. He made the Pro Bowl five times, and he caught a touchdown pass from Steve Grogan in the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Somewhat lost are Fryar's impressive career statistics — 12,785 receiving yards (17th all-time in the NFL through 2014), 851 catches and 84 touchdowns.
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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