John Friesz


Sports: Football
Schools and/or Teams: University of Idaho. San Diego Chargers. Washington Redskins. Seattle Seahawks. New England Patriots.
Years: Idaho 1985-1989. NFL 1990-2000.
Roles: QB
Induction Year: 2002
Hometown and/or State: Coeur d' Alene Idaho.
Bio: John graduated from Coeur d’ Alene high school in 1985.

After high school he went to the University of Idaho and played QB for Hall of Fame head coaches Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson and John L. Smith. The Vandals won 3 consecutive conference championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was a two-time First Team All-American and three-time Big Sky Conference player of the year. He twice led the nation in passing and received the 1989 Walter Payton Award as Division I-AA’s National Player of the Year. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1990 he was drafted by the Chargers and went on to have an 11-year career in the NFL. An active member in the community, he has hosted golf tournaments benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Spinal Cord Research and is a founding board member for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.

He has been on the hall of fame board since 2009.

John and his wife Julie live in Hayden and have three sons; Hunter, Jake and Carter.

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