The 1995 Nebraska Cornhusker football is considered by many to be the most dominant football team in NCAA history. They just dominated everybody they faced, in fact their closest game was a 14 point victory over unranked Washington State. Nebraska won the National Championship that year with a 62-24 blowout of the Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl. The best player on that team was the electrifying quarterback Tommie Frazier.
Tommie Frazier was a running quarterback before it was commonplace. Frazier rushed for a total of 2263 yards in his four years in Lincoln. His scramble in the '96 Fiesta Bowl has gone down as possibly the greatest run in college football history. Frazier was the engineer of this powerhouse team and simply could not be stopped. He had it all, strong arm and fast legs, he was an NFL star in the making.
However, Frazier under performed during the NFL Combine and was suffering from health problems. Frazier was experiencing more and more problems with blood clots and as a result went undrafted in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Frazier then signed a deal with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. Frazier would only play one game with the Alouettes, coming off the bench during a loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders.
In September of 1996, Frazier had a life threatening scare when he was hospitalized with pneumonia. He was put on blood thinners due to his history of blood clots and was spitting up blood on the day he was admitted. It would take two weeks for Frazier to recover and Frazier decided to hang up the cleats for good.
After his playing career ended, Tommie Frazier started his coaching career when he became an assistant coach at Baylor and in a different capacity at Nevada. While at Baylor, Frazier became a running backs coach, but Baylor struggled to a 9-36 mark.
In 2005, he became head coach of Doane College, a small college in Crete, Nebraska, but struggled in his two seasons as coach going 3-17.
Tommie Frazier's play helped paved the way for the running quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Tim Tebow. One has to wonder, would he have been a great quarterback if not for the blood clots? That's all we can do now is just wonder.