Not a good week for former sports stars.
Yesterday we told you the story about former Georgetown star Victor Page, who’s in jail on assault charges. Today it’s the sad story of former NFL star Irving Fryar, who on Wednesday was indicted by a New Jersey grand jury for his role in a mortgage scam.
Fryar, a receiver who played for four NFL teams, was indicted with his mother, Allene McGhee, on second degree charges of conspiracy and theft by deception.
The indictment says the two tried to steal $690,000 by having McGhee fraudulently try to obtain five home equity loans on her house during a six-day period in 2009.
The two allegedly applied and closed on loans without disclosing other loans they had obtained. This is what Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman said (courtesy of CBS Philly):
“This is not a case in which Mr. Fryar and his mother simply omitted or misstated information on loan applications. This indictment alleges that they engaged in an elaborate criminal scheme that was designed to defraud these banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
A New Jersey native, Fryar played college football at Nebraska before being drafted by the New England Patriots with the first overall pick of the 1984 draft.
He went on to play three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (1993-1994) and three years with the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-1998) before ending his career in 2000 after two seasons with the Washington Redskins.
Fryar made five Pro Bowl teams and was second team All-Pro twice.
He had been in trouble in the past. In 1990 Fryar was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit after he was involved in a bar fight. The charge was later dropped.
After his career ended Fryar, in 2003, founded New Jerusalem House of God, where he is currently the pastor.
He has maintained ties to football as the head coach at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
The Newark Star Ledger produced a video profile on Fryar, outlining how he balanced being a pastor and a football coach.