45 Facts About Fred Dryer


John Frederick Dryer was born on July 6,1946 and is an American actor, radio host, screenwriter and former professional football player.


Fred Dryer was a defensive end in the National Football League for 13 years, participating in 176 games starting in 1969 until his retirement in 1981.


Fred Dryer recorded 103 career sacks with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams.


Fred Dryer is the only NFL player to score two safeties in one game.


Fred Dryer's parents were Charles F Dryer and Genevieve Nell Dryer.


Fred Dryer played football at Lawndale High School in Lawndale in Los Angeles County, California.


Fred Dryer attended El Camino Junior College before transferring to San Diego State University.


Fred Dryer was inducted to the El Camino Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 as a charter member and was the Athlete of the Year for his 1966 performance on the football field.


One of Fred Dryer's teammates was Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the first four films of the Rocky series.


Fred Dryer was named to the Little All-America team in 1968 since at the time the school was 1-AA.


Fred Dryer played in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco, the Hula Bowl in Honolulu and the College All-Star Game in Chicago where the college stars played the world champion New York Jets.


In 1988, Fred Dryer was inducted into the San Diego State University Aztec Hall of Fame.


In 1997, Fred Dryer received college football's ultimate honor in being voted to the College Football Hall of Fame and is one of only three Aztecs in the collegiate Hall of Fame.


Fred Dryer was drafted in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and won a starting job as a rookie.


Fred Dryer was the starting right defensive end from 1969 through 1971.


Fred Dryer was among the defensive leaders in other categories as well.


The next season, Fred Dryer was an alternate to the Pro Bowl but could not play due to a bruised hip.


Fred Dryer was Second-team All-NFC after recording 59 tackles four pass deflections, three forced fumbles, while recovering two to go along with his 12 sacks.


Fred Dryer deflected two passes, forced two more fumbles and recovered two for the third consecutive season.


Fred Dryer refused to report to the Patriots unless they signed him to a long-term contract making him the highest paid defensive lineman in pro football.


In 1973, Fred Dryer started all 14 games on the right side and became the only NFL player ever to have two safeties in the same game by tackling opposing passers in the end zone twice in the fourth quarter.


Fred Dryer ended the season with ten sacks, three forced fumbles with three recovered fumbles.


Fred Dryer finished the season with 39 tackles, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered.


Fred Dryer was named NEA First-team and AP Second-team All-Pro and All-NFC.


Fred Dryer scored his first NFL touchdown in 1975 on a 20-yard interception return against Philadelphia.


Fred Dryer ended 1975 with 12 sacks, behind only Jack Youngblood and was voted All-NFC.


Statistically, Fred Dryer was excellent against the run with 61 tackles and two passes deflection, two fumbles recovered to go along with the 20-yard TD interception.


Fred Dryer had a 55-tackle, five-sack season in 1976.


Fred Dryer did deflect two passes and forced three fumbles to lead his team.


In 1977, Fred Dryer adopted a new diet and was winning praises from NFL sportswriters for the start he had.


Fred Dryer knocked down four passes, recovered three fumbles and caused one fumble.


In 1979, Fred Dryer would be named an honorable mention All-NFC after recording 49 tackles, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles.


Fred Dryer played in Super Bowl XIV when the Rams met the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 20,1980.


Fred Dryer ended his career with 104 career sacks, although as mentioned the statistic was not recognized until after he retired.


Fred Dryer played on a tough Los Angeles Ram defense that allowed fewer points, fewer total yards, fewer rushing yards, and sacked more quarterbacks than any other defense during the 1970s.


In January 1981, Fred Dryer made the cover of Interview magazine, published by Andy Warhol from the late 1960s through the early 1990s and was considered the very essence of "magazine chic".


Fred Dryer looped through the middle of the Packers' offensive line and dragged backup quarterback Jim Del Gaizo down for his second safety of the game, setting an NFL record.


Fred Dryer briefly served as a color analyst on CBS's NFL coverage in 1981 and 1982.


Fred Dryer's best-known acting role came in the 1980s television crime drama Hunter, in which he co-starred with Stepfanie Kramer, followed by Darlanne Fluegel, then Lauren Lane.


Fred Dryer starred in the action-thriller movie Death Before Dishonor as well as Mike Land in the TV series Land's End.


In January 2009, Fred Dryer was seen in a cable TV commercial for SMS research company, which obliquely makes reference to his NFL record of two safeties in a game from 1973.


Fred Dryer is a spokesman for the law service Injury Solutions.


Fred Dryer played "Ed Donovan", McEwen's engine builder, who coined the nickname "Mongoose".


Fred Dryer has since excluded red meat from his diet and eats chicken and vegetables.


Fred Dryer married actress and Playboy centerfold Tracy Vaccaro in May 1983; the couple divorced in 1988.