Football Canada would like to congratulate longtime Football Alberta Executive Director, Brian Fryer on his selection to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame class of 2013. Fryer a standout with the University of Alberta (1972-75) played 8 years in the CFL with the Eskimos and Rough Riders. Prior to his time in the CFL he became the first Canadian to become drafted and signed in the NFL after playing Canadian university football. Upon his retirement in 1985, he has worked to promote amateur football through his work at Football Alberta.
Fryer was a dominant player in his five year Canadian university career. As a rookie he helped the University of Alberta to a 20-7 Vanier Cup win over Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier). On October 12, 1974 he set a single-season Canadian university record (now surpassed) with 227 yards receiving against Calgary. That same year he set a then single-season record with 58 receptions adding 16 touchdowns. Recording 1,068 yards on the year he also became the first player in CIS history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season. For his efforts in 1974 he was named an all-Canadian as well as the Canada West nominee for the Hec Crighton awarded to the top football player in Canadian university football. The following (1975) season, he won the Hec Crighton after amassing 943 yards on 51 receptions. The two-time all-Canadian and three-time conference all-star is only the second Golden Bear recipient of the Hec Crighton.
Brian Fryer was drafted into the NFL in the 8th round by the Washington Redskins in 1976. Upon signing, Brian proved he belonged in the NFL by racking up 110 yards on 7 receptions including a touchdown in pre-season action. Fryer impressed coaches as well as his new teammates, eventually making the team as a rookie on a veteran laden roster. “When he catches the ball, you don’t hear a sound,” told George Allen (then Redskins head coach) to the Montreal Gazette. “That’s a great receiver.”
He appeared in four regular season NFL games on special teams, racking up 166 yards on 9 kick-off returns. Fryer’s season was cut short due to injury and he returned to Canada to play for his hometown Eskimos.
Brian joined the Eskimos in 1978 at the start of Edmonton’s dynasty in which they won 5 consecutive Grey Cup titles from 1978-82. In 1985 he played 8 games for the Eskimos before finishing his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
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