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1982 Orange Bowl Classic

Game Worn Jersey

Irving Fryar Nebraska game worn jersey Orange Bowl
Irving Fryar Nebraska game worn jersey Orange Bowl

Part of Nebraska’s “Triplets” with Turner Gill and Mike Rozier, Fryar became the 17th player in Nebraska history to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft and the Husker’s first overall No. 1 selection when the New England Patriots made him the

first selection in the draft. With Fryar’s selection as the top

NFL pick and Mike Rozier being the top pick of USFL, the

“Jersey Jets” swept the top spots in the pro football

drafts. The most explosive player at Nebraska since the

days of Johnny Rodgers, Fryar was a consensus

All-American as a senior, becoming only the second

receiver since the dawn of two-platoon football to earn consensus All-American honors while playing on a team

that led the county in rushing (NU’s Freeman White was the

first in 1965). Despite playing on team that led the country in rushing twice and finished second once, Fryar still wound up second all-time at Nebraska in receiving yardage (1,196) and in a tie for sixth in catches with 67.

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