#35 * ADOLPHUS CORNELIUS “Al” FRAZIER
Halfback/Kicker * 1953-56
Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University lost another of its’ great sports legends, record-setting, multi talented halfback, Adolphus “Al” Frazier, who played football for the Rattlers from 1953 to 1956.
Frazier passed away on Sunday in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Frazier was the All-American wingman to College Hall of Famer, Willie Galimore, teaming with the latter to baffle and terrorize opposing defenses, with their limitless combination of speed, power, quickness and shifty moves.
While Galimore was cast weekly in the role The Most Wanted Man, Frazier was often overlooked, a tendency which proved fatal to many Rattler opponents.
In his last two seasons (1955, 1956), Frazier rushed for 1,310 yards on 119 carries, averaging a sizzling 11.0 yards per carry – which remains a FAMU record.
Those years saw Frazier earn All-America honors both seasons, as he led the team in receiving, punting, kickoff returns, punt returns, interceptions and scoring.
He not only led the club in touchdowns in each of the final two years, scoring a combined 28 TDs (including a school-record 16 TDs in 1956), but he also kicked extra points, totaling 118 points as senior in 1956, another all-time FAMU record.
Frazier played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with Toronto (1957), and Grey Cup champion Ottawa (1960), before signing on for three seasons with the Denver Broncos from 1961 through 1963, setting numerous franchise records for a rookie (1963), some of which still stand:
Heading into the 2018 NFL season, Al Frazier still held at least 3 Broncos franchise records, including:
- Receiving Yds: rookie game (166 on 1961-10-15 OAK)
- Receiving TDs: rookie season (6 in 1961)
- 100+ yard receiving games: rookie season (3)
After his football career ended, he earned a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia Universityand worked for over 30 years at York College, City University of New York, where he was Assistant Dean of Student Development at the time of his retirement in 2006.
In 1979, Frazier was honored by his alma mater with enshrinement into its’ Sports Hall of Fame, as a member of the fourth-ever class of inductees.
AL FRAZIER AT A GLANCE
Name:Adolphus “Al” Frazier
Date of Birth:March 28, 1935
Date of Passing:December 2, 2018
Years at FAMU: 1953 to 1956
Positions Played: Halfback/Kicker
Honors Won: All-America, 1955, 1956; All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), in 1955 and 1956…. Inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1979,
FAMU Records Held: Most Points In A Season, 118 (1956); Most Touchdowns In A Season (16), 1956; Best Per Carry Average (Career), 11.0 .
Professional Records Held: At the end of the 2017 NFL season, Al Frazier still held at least 3 Broncos franchise records, including:
@ Receiving Yds: rookie game (166 on 1961-10-15 OAK)
@ Receiving TDs: rookie season (6 in 1961)
@ 100+ yard receiving games: rookie season (3)