Irving Fryar: I Should Be Dead

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An Official Miami Dolphins Podcast

Irving Fryar parlayed an All-American career at the University of Nebraska into becoming the number one overall pick of the 1984 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. While Fryar was selected to one Pro Bowl during his nine seasons in New England, the 17-year pro experienced a career and personal rebirth upon arriving in Miami in 1993. Fryar instantly became a favorite target of Dan Marino and earned Pro Bowl honors in two of his three seasons with the Dolphins, on his way to reaching the league’s All-Star game four times after the age of 30.

In The Tank, Irving candidly reveals personal challenges that lead to him making an attempt on his own life (20:15), discusses one of his more infamous plays that helped the University of Miami capture their first football National Championship (24:54), shares how he begged Don Shula to get him out of New England every time he faced the Dolphins (37:45), and brings us inside the helmet for his memorable fourth-down TD reception from Dan Marino in the Fins 1994 season opener.

Contributors to this episode include Sean “DJ Prec” Todd and Dolphins Productions.

Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.

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