Jay Fiedler

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Jay Fiedler
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Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-12-29) December 29, 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth: Oceanside, New York
Career information
College: Dartmouth
Debuted in 1998 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 2005 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 69–66
Yards 11,844
QB Rating 77.1
Stats at NFL.com

Jay Brian Fiedler (born December 29, 1971) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

Early life and high school years[edit]

Fiedler was born to a Jewish family on Long Island in Oceanside, New York. He is a distant relative of Arthur Fiedler, the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.[1][2]

Fiedler attended Oceanside High School in Oceanside, and won varsity letters as a quarterback in football, a point guard in basketball, and as a decathlete in track and field.[3]

College career[edit]

He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In football, Fiedler set school records for touchdown passes (58), passing yards (6,684) and total offense (7,249 yards).[4]

Fiedler was named Co-Offensive Player of the Game in the 1994 East-West Shrine Game. He received a Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship, and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Professional career[edit]

Fiedler had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (1994–95), Minnesota Vikings (1998), and Jacksonville Jaguars (1999) before finding steady work with the Dolphins (2000–04) beginning in 2000. In between his time with the Eagles and Vikings, Fiedler served as a receivers coach at Hofstra University in 1997 before being signed as a free agent by Minnesota in 1998.

Fiedler's stint with the Miami Dolphins featured three 10+ win seasons in four years, two 11–5 seasons in 2000 and 2001, an AFC East title, and two postseason appearances including a victory for the Miami Dolphins. During these years, the Dolphins' offense lagged notably behind its defense, which featured perennial Pro-Bowlers in linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive end Jason Taylor, and cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.

Fiedler signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2005, as a backup quarterback to Chad Pennington. On September 25, 2005, in a game against his former team the Jaguars, Fiedler was pressed into action when Pennington suffered what would prove to be a season-ending rotator cuff tear. Fiedler would himself suffer a severe shoulder injury during the game and was also sidelined for the remainder of the 2005 season.

Fiedler was released by the Jets on February 22, 2006, and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who released him in August of that year due to injury as Fiedler had a nagging shoulder issue and was unable to practice. Fiedler sat out 2006 rehabilitating his throwing shoulder following his release from Tampa Bay.

Fiedler was set to work out for the Falcons in April 2007, according to his agent Bryan Levy.[5] In addition, the Giants considered signing him but eventually signed Anthony Wright instead.[6]

Fiedler played in 76 games with 60 starts and is a 58.7 percent career passer. He has thrown 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Completions Pass Attempts Completion Percentage Yards Yards per Carry Touchdowns Longest Touchdowns Interceptions Fumbles Passer Rating
1998 MIN 5 3 7 42.9 41 5.86 0 19 1 0 22.6
1999 JAX 7 61 94 64.9 656 6.98 2 25 2 1 83.5
2000 MIA 15 204 357 57.1 2,402 6.73 14 61 14 0 74.5
2001 MIA 16 273 450 60.7 3,290 7.31 20 74 19 3 80.3
2002 MIA 11 179 292 61.3 2,024 6.93 14 59 9 2 85.2
2003 MIA 12 179 314 57.0 2,138 6.81 11 59 13 5 72.4
2004 MIA 8 101 190 53.2 1,186 6.24 7 71 8 8 67.1
2005 NYJ 2 8 13 61.5 107 8.23 1 23 0 0 113.3
Career 76 1,008 1,717 58.7 11,844 6.90 69 74 66 19 77.1

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Outside of the NFL[edit]

In 2007, Fiedler and Demetrius Ford became co-owners of the CBA basketball expansion team, The East Kentucky Miners, based in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Fiedler, who is Jewish,[8] was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. At the time of his induction, Fiedler mentioned how strong he is in his faith. Fiedler was one of two active NFL players inducted into the Hall that year, the other being then-Pittsburgh Steelers punter Josh Miller. ESPN personality Chris Berman would also occasionally allude to Fiedler's faith by referring to him as Fiedler on the Roof after performing well in games, even going far as to start singing If I Were a Rich Man during highlights.

Fiedler currently owns and operates The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps and the Prime Time Sports Camps along with his brother Scott. Brookwood is a summer sleep away camp that has been family owned by the Fiedler's since 1986. Prime Time Sports Camps operates various sports camps and clinics throughout the year with Fiedler operating all of the football sessions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIEDLER CONDUCTS A SOUND OFFENSE". Orlando Sentinel. October 7, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "A shorter NFL season would make players happy", The Free Lance-Star, August 27, 1994
  3. ^ Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dartmouth's All-Time Football Team". BuzzFlood. October 18, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "New Jersey Sports". NJ.com. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jay Fiedler Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Celebrity Jews". Jweekly. September 23, 2005. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 

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