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Charles Lester Frye, born August 28, 1981 in Norwalk, Ohiomarker, is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Akron.

Early years

Frye graduated from Willard High School in Willard, Ohiomarker, and was a football standout at quarterback under coach Chris Hawkins. He broke 17 of the school's all-time football records. In his senior season, Frye led the Crimson Flashes to a 10-2 record, earning the Northwest District Player of the Year award and First-Team All-Ohio Division III team honors. Frye excelled in basketball; during his senior season he earned First-Team All-Northwest District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio Honors and helped lead the Crimson Flashes to a 22-3 record, a Northern Ohio League Championship and a Sweet 16 berth.

College career

Frye broke 54 football records during his college career at the University of Akronmarker. After red-shirting in freshman year, Frye quickly was named starting quarterback job. Frye won the MVP award at the 2005 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabamamarker.

College Football Statistics
  • 2001: 170/289 (58.8%) for 2053 yards and 9 TD vs. 6 INT. 62 carries for 22 yards and 3 TD.
  • 2002: 250/380 (65.8%) for 2824 yards and 15 TD vs. 9 INT. 102 carries for 125 yards and 7 TD.
  • 2003: 273/421 (64.8%) for 3549 yards and 22 TD vs. 9 INT. 111 carries for 288 yards and 7 TD.
  • 2004: 220/346 (63.6%) for 2623 yards and 18 TD vs. 8 INT. 100 carries for -6 yards and 2 TD.


Professional career

Cleveland Browns

Frye was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Browns. His first NFL start came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 13. He passed for 226 yards with two touchdowns, both to fellow rookie Braylon Edwards, and set a Browns rookie record for a single game with a 136.7 passer rating. Frye started the final five games of the 2005 season for the Browns, compiling a record of 2-3.

Frye was named starting quarterback for the 2006 NFL season.

After a battle in the preseason with Derek Anderson and rookie Brady Quinn, Frye won the starting quarterback job for the 2007 season. In the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Frye was benched after struggling in the first few minutes. Anderson replaced him for the remainder of the game. Anderson remained the starter for the rest of the year and made the Pro Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks

On September 11, Frye was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round draft pick. He was the Seahawks' third string quarterback behind Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace. Frye made his first start of the 2008 season against the Green Bay Packers.

Oakland Raiders

An unrestricted free agent following the 2008 season, Frye signed with the Oakland Raiders on June 8, 2009.

Personal Life

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic declared Friday, November 5, 2004 "Frye-day" in honor of his #5 jersey.

College statistics

    Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2001 Akron Zips 11 170 289 58.8 2053 9 6 62 22 3
2002 Akron Zips 12 250 380 65.8 2824 15 9 102 125 7
2003 Akron Zips 12 273 421 64.8 3549 22 9 111 288 7
2004 Akron Zips 11 220 346 63.6 2623 18 8 100 -6 2


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