Remembering Mike Frier

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MikeFrier_mug0104The Seahawks mourn the passing of former defensive tackle Mike Frier, who died on December 31, 2015. He was 46.

Frier was a 7th round pick by the Seahawks in the 1992 NFL Draft. The team planned to waive him, reclaim him and place him on the practice squad. But the Cincinnati Bengals claimed him instead and started him nine times over a two-and-a-half-year period. He was later claimed off waivers by the Seahawks on Oct. 13, 1994.

On December 1, 1994, Frier was a passenger in a car that was involved in a crash in Kirkland, WA. A broken neck left him paralyzed. He had played in three games with the Seahawks that season.

The Seahawks donated a handicap-accessible van to Frier, and he had a weight room installed in his house which he used as part of his rehabilitation.

“I haven’t let this thing eat me up, because if I did, it would destroy my dream of walking again,” Frier said at the time. “I’m happy I’m alive. I’m just mad my career’s over, because I loved football.”

Mike Frier with his daughter Mik'Kell (March 1998).

Mike Frier with his daughter Mik’Kell (March 1998).