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Fred Dryer

Defensive End

John Frederick Dryer

Inducted 1997

Date of Birth



Hawthorne, CA


San Diego State University (1967-1968)


Fred Dryer began his football career at his high school in Lawndale, California. He played at El Camino Junior College and followed with two years at San Diego State, 1967-68. Dryer was 6 feet, 6 inches in height, weighed 238 pounds, and starred as a defensive end. He had great speed, a hurtling, slashing style that earned him a spot on the Little All-America team of 1968. He played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, and the 1969 College All-Star Game. In 1967, San Diego State went 10-1 and beat San Francisco State in the Camellia Bowl. In 1968, the record was 9-0-1. The head coach was Don Coryell, and Dryer was recruited by the defensive coordinator, John Madden. San Diego State was in Division I-AA (FCS) at that time. Dryer played 13 years as a pro with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. He became a star actor, the main character in the NBC television drama "Hunter." Dryer was Rick Hunter, a homicide detective.


Height 6'6

Weight 238

Career Highlights

  • 1968 First Team All-America (College Div.)
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