“I wasn’t the most-liked guy,” he said. “But I could promise you this: when I stepped on the field I gave 100 percent, and guys fed off that. Leaders don’t need to be liked. Did I tick some of my teammates off? Yes.”
Ahman Green, who became the Green Bay Packers’ career rushing leader after leaving Nebraska, said Frazier had the unwavering support and respect of teammates.
“If he made a mistake, it was his mistake and he owned it,” Green said. “If he made a great play, he commended anyone who helped him. He didn’t take credit when credit was due, and when someone needed to be blamed, he took the blame.”
Frazier ended his career with a Hall of Fame-worthy performance in a 62-24 win over Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. He ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns, including the 75-yard burst in the third quarter that went down as the signature play of his career.
Blood clots that kept him out of seven games his junior season came back in 1996, and he never played a down of professional football. He now is a development officer for a health system in Omaha.
Frazier’s formal induction will be in New York in December.
“Everything I’ve done is because of my teammates,” he said. “I’m taking those guys with me into the Hall of Fame.”