- John Friesz
birthdate=birth date and age|1967|5|19
San Diego Chargers(1990-1993)
New England Patriots(1999-2000)
Friesz grew up in Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. He was a football standout at [http://www.cdaschools.org/chs/ Coeur d'Alene High School] , graduating in 1985. He enrolled at the
University of Idaho, recruited by head coach Dennis Erickson, after attending the Vandal football camps while in high school.
redshirtedin 1985, and in 1986 under new head coach Keith Gilbertson, he served as the backup to Scott Linehan, who would go on to coach the St. Louis Rams. He was also a teammate of guard Mark Schlerethwho would also play in the NFL.
Friesz was the Vandals starting
quarterbackfor three years, beginning in 1987, when he threw 28 TD passes as a sophomore and was named player of the year in the Big Sky Conferenceand second team All-American( Division I-AA). In his junior season of 1988, he guided the Vandals to a 9-1 regular season and two playoff wins, ending the season with a road loss in the Division I-AA semi-finals. He was a consensus All-American selection at quarterback.
In his senior season in 1989 (the first for new head coach
John L. Smith), Freisz threw 31 touchdowns and for over 4000 yards in guiding the Vandals to their third consecutive conference championship. Idaho went undefeated in conference play (8-0), the only time in school history. Friesz averaged over 360 yards per game and passed for over 300 yards in ten consecutive games. He received the Walter Payton Awardas the outstanding player in the nation in Division I-AA.
In his college career, #17 passed for over 10,000 yards and was the conference player-of-the-year for three consecutive years. The Vandals' annual
MVPaward has been renamed the "John Friesz Award" in his honor.
In August 2006 John Friesz was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Famein South Bend, Indiana. [http://collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=90103] His #17 was officially retired by the University of Idahoin October 2006. [http://www.uiargonaut.com/content/view/2691/50/]
1990 NFL Draft, Friesz was the tenth quarterbackselected, taken in the sixth round (138th overall) by the San Diego Chargers. [http://nfl.com/draft/history/years/1990] Other quarterbacks in this draft were Jeff George(#1 overall pick), Heisman Trophywinner Andre Ware, future Super Bowlstarter Neil O'Donnell, and Scott Mitchell.
Friesz became the starting quarterback for the Chargers in 1991, his second season. He incurred a season-ending injury in a pre-season game in 1992, at which time the Chargers acquired
Stan Humphriesfrom the Washington Redskins.
John Friesz played with four teams in his NFL career: Chargers (1990-93), Redskins (1994), Seahawks (1995-98), and Patriots (1999-2000). Friesz passed for over 8,600 yards and 45 touchdowns in his pro career. [http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/FrieJo00.htm]
* [http://collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=90103 College Football Hall of Fame] - John Friesz
* [https://admin.xosn.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17100&ATCLID=1456219 University of Idaho - Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame] - John Friesz
* [http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/wac/idaho/yearly_results.php?year=1985 College Football Data Warehouse] - Idaho Vandals results 1985-89
* [http://www.i-aa.org/article.asp?articleid=78435 College Football Hall of Fame] - Class of 2006 press release - from I-AA.org
* [http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/FrieJo00.htm Pro Football Reference.com] - John Friesz
* [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=FRIESJOH01 Database Football.com] - John Friesz
* [http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/players.nsf/ID/07110060 Pro football statistics] - John Friesz
* [http://nfl.com/draft/history/years/1990 NFL.com] - 1990 NFL Draft - # 138
* [http://www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/nhb/archive.asp?postID=8105 Blog] - from Spokesman Review.com
* [http://www.uiargonaut.com/content/view/2691/50/ Friesz resonates on the field] - UI "Argonaut", 10-Nov-2006
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