Jay Fiedler

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Jay Fiedler
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Fiedler in 2010.
No. 9, 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1971-12-29) December 29, 1971 (age 46)
Oceanside, New York
Career information
High school: Oceanside (NY)
College: Dartmouth
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 69–66
Yards: 11,844
QB Rating: 77.1
Player stats at NFL.com

Jay Brian Fiedler (born December 29, 1971) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played 76 games at quarterback in the NFL, 60 of them as a starter (with his team winning 37 of the games he started), and threw 69 touchdowns,[1] he was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame.

Early life and high school years[edit]

Fiedler is Jewish, and was born to a Jewish family on Long Island in Oceanside, New York,[2] he is a distant relative of Arthur Fiedler, the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.[3][4]

Fiedler attended Oceanside High School in Oceanside, New York, and won varsity letters as a quarterback in football, a point guard in basketball, and as a decathlete in track and field.[5]

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).[6]

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.[7] He was named the MVP for the 1994 Ivy Bowl in Japan.

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.[8]

Fiedler signed a three-year, $3.8 million contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2000, replacing Dan Marino as starter for the team.[8] He beat out Damon Huard for the starting role.[8]

Fiedler's stint with the 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, cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, and hall of fame defensive end Jason Taylor. He is the last Miami Dolphins quarterback to win a playoff game, winning the 2000 AFC wild card game, 23–17 in overtime, versus the Indianapolis Colts on December 30, 2000 at Pro Player Stadium; in 2004, Fiedler was benched after week 1 in favor of A.J. Feeley, but was brought back as starter after Feeley struggled.[9][10]

Fiedler signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2005, as a backup quarterback to Chad Pennington,[11] 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.[12]

Fiedler was released by the Jets on February 22, 2006,[13] on June 29, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to serve as backup to Chris Simms.[14][15] Fiedler was released during the first wave of cuts in August due to a nagging shoulder issue that made him unable to practice.[16]

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;[17][11] in addition, the Giants considered signing him but eventually signed Anthony Wright instead.[18]

He officially retired in 2008 due to his shoulder injury.[19][20]

Fiedler played in 76 games with 60 starts and is a 58.7 percent career passer. He threw for 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions in his career, with 11,844 passing yards.[21]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Completions Pass Attempts Completion Percentage Yards Yards per Attempt 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

[22]

Outside 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.[23]

In 2008, Fielder made his pro volleyball debut.[24]

Fiedler, who is Jewish,[25] 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.[26][23] Brookwood is a summer sleep away camp that has been family owned by the Fiedlers since 1986. Prime Time Sports Camps operates various sports camps and clinics throughout the year with Fiedler operating all of the football sessions.

Fiedler spent four months training Rutgers QB Gary Nova for the NFL.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Interview: Jay Fiedler - The 2nd Best Jewish Quarterback of All Time — Jewish Journal". 17 February 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "FIEDLER CONDUCTS A SOUND OFFENSE". Orlando Sentinel. October 7, 2002. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "A shorter NFL season would make players happy", The Free Lance-Star, August 27, 1994
  5. ^ Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dartmouth's All-Time Football Team". BuzzFlood. October 18, 2004. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jay Fiedler". www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Archived from the original on 2018-04-19. 
  8. ^ a b c Cannizzaro, Mark (September 1, 2000). "Surprise! Leaf, Fiedler get new starts". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2000-10-18. 
  9. ^ Cimini, Rich (September 30, 2004). "GOTTA HAND IT TO MAWAE - STREAK GOES ON". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on June 2, 2018. 
  10. ^ Battista, Judy (September 30, 2004). "Fiedler Replaces Feeley as Starter for Dolphins". New York Times. Archived from the original on June 2, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Recent news on Jay Fiedler - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Rotoworld.com". www.rotoworld.com. Archived from the original on 2018-06-02. 
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (September 27, 2005). "Jets' Pennington Out for Rest of the Season". New York Times. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. 
  13. ^ Picker, David (February 23, 2006). "Jets Drop Seven, Including Law and Fiedler". New York Times. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. 
  14. ^ Kennedy, Eric (June 30, 2006). "Jay Fiedler Signs With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers". Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (June 29, 2006). "Bucs sign veteran QB Fiedler to back up Simms". Archived from the original on June 2, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Bucs Sign T Green, Release QB Fiedler". Archived from the original on 2018-06-02. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "New Jersey Sports". NJ.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Jay Fiedler, QB, Retired". Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. 
  20. ^ Miller, Brian. "Sad Day Dolphins Fans…Jay Fiedler Retires". Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. 
  21. ^ "Jay Fiedler Stats - ESPN". Archived from the original on 2018-06-02. 
  22. ^ "Jay Fiedler Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Greene, Harvey (September 17, 2015). "Where Are They Now: Jay Fiedler". Archived from the original on November 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ Robb, Sharon (April 11, 2008). "QB can block, too". Archived from the original on June 2, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Celebrity Jews". Jweekly. September 23, 2005. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  26. ^ Brookwood Camps: Meet the Directors Archived 2017-11-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Duggan, Dan (May 8, 2015). "Jay Fiedler confident quarterback Gary Nova will impress in Giants tryout". Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. 

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