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April 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
John Friesz, the Idaho quarterback considered by some scouts to be a top 10 pick, got to be No. 1 today--on the second day of the 1990 draft. Friesz, selected by the San Diego Chargers, was a victim of two things--the influx of juniors into the draft and the immobility he showed in postseason all-star games. That made him the ninth quarterback to go--behind such unknowns as Craig Kupp of Pacific Lutheran--and the 137th overall. "It actually doesn't surprise me that much.
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December 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Jon Kitna started the game with the wide-eyed look of a nervous rookie. He ended it with the composure of an old pro. Kitna made a successful transition from the World League to NFL starting quarterback, completing 23 of 37 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks rallied to defeat the Oakland Raiders, 22-21, on Sunday at a half-filled Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. In the first half, Kitna battled his nerves and the Seahawks trailed, 21-3.
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August 29, 1991 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Friesz picked up his morning newspaper, sat down for breakfast and swallowed hard after learning the Chargers' future rests on his arm. "Now that's a scary thought," said defensive lineman Burt Grossman. After trading Billy Joe Tolliver to Atlanta on Wednesday for a draft pick, consider the Chargers murders' row at quarterback: Friesz, who hasn't played against the first-string this preseason, Bob Gagliano, who hasn't played since Aug.
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November 19, 1996 | Associated Press
John Friesz, who recently signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract to become the Seattle Seahawks' franchise quarterback, will be lost for the rest of the season because of a broken tibia in his right leg. Friesz was injured in the first quarter of a 17-16 loss Sunday in Detroit when he was hit by a pass rusher. He played two more quarters before being taken out. Rick Mirer will be the starter for Seattle's final five regular-season games, Coach Dennis Erickson said.
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August 24, 1991 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Raiders were in town, and the hometown fans spent much of the evening booing . . . their own team. In a break from tradition, the Raiders were not the most hated folks in San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium Friday night. The Raiders (3-2) completed their dress rehearsal for the next week's regular-season opener in Houston with a 17-7 exhibition victory and left Charger fans behind to boo quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver and chant for backup John Friesz.
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July 17, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Day Two of training camp there were bounced passes, balls that fluttered and quacked and interceptions. Yes, the Chargers need quarterback John Friesz, but no, they are not prepared to meet his contract proposals despite a new pitch from agent Leigh Steinberg. Steinberg had been proposing a two-year contract designed to reward Friesz with $1 million in 1993, but in an effort to get Friesz on the field, he delivered a new one-year proposal to General Manager Bobby Beathard on Thursday.
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August 25, 1991 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If it's the week before the Chargers' regular-season opener it must be time to change starting quarterbacks. Like he did a year ago when he promoted Mark Vlasic, Coach Dan Henning has put a wrap on exhibition activities by benching Billy Joe Tolliver. John Friesz, based on his 17-for-19 second-half performance for 210 yards against the Raiders Friday night, will assume command of the Chargers against the Steelers in Pittsburgh next Sunday.
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April 1, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Chargers reached a contract agreement Tuesday with Pat O'Hara, backup quarterback to the Ohio Glory's Babe Laufenberg, the once-upon-a-forgotten-time starting quarterback in San Diego. O'Hara, a Plan B free agent from Tampa Bay who lost his starting job at USC to Todd Marinovich in 1989 after a knee injury, will join the Chargers at the conclusion of World League play in early June. "We thought about drafting him last year," said Bobby Beathard, Charger general manager.
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April 24, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just when the Chargers were getting used to embracing Billy Joe Tolliver as the team's quarterback of the future, another fresh, young arm has come to town. Welcome John Friesz of Idaho, the sixth-round choice the Chargers are calling their "steal" of the 1990 NFL draft. Suddenly the competition at quarterback has another dimension. "If he comes in and is as quick a study as Billy was, he will get right into the picture," Coach Dan Henning said.
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April 23, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His first NFL draft day as Charger general manager could not have started or ended much better for Bobby Beathard. It opened with linebacker Junior Seau of USC and Oceanside High unexpectedly falling to the grateful Chargers with the fifth pick. And it ended after five rounds with Beathard making his only deal of the day, one that will enable him to take quarterback John Friesz of Idaho when the draft resumes today. Outside of No.
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November 11, 1996 | From Associated Press
Suddenly, John Friesz has the Seattle Seahawks on a roll, and the Minnesota Vikings can't do anything right offensively. With Friesz throwing two touchdown passes, the Seahawks won their third game in a row and their fourth in five games by beating the punchless Vikings, 42-23, Sunday. "That's as well as we've played this year," Seattle Coach Dennis Erickson said. "It was a heck of a job by everybody, a tremendous effort."
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August 31, 1994 | Associated Press
Washington Redskin Coach Norv Turner ended weeks of speculation Tuesday and named John Friesz the starting quarterback for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Friesz, a four-year veteran who signed as a free agent during the off-season, got the nod over No. 3 overall draft pick Heath Shuler. "It's not that I think that Heath can't handle it. He'd handle it fine," Turner said. "I think in terms of this football team . . . .
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April 18, 1994 | Associated Press
John Friesz, a free-agent quarterback who played with the San Diego Chargers last year, has agreed on a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Washington Redskins, the Daily Press of Newport News reported. The signing is scheduled for today, the newspaper said. "I'm looking forward to playing in Washington," Friesz said. "The opportunity to start is what I like."
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November 13, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
When the Chargers acquired quarterback Stan Humphries in August, they made it clear that the future of the team still rested with quarterback John Friesz, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. Now that Humphries has established himself as a National Football League starting quarterback, however, what happens? "It's going to be interesting to see what transpires next year when John gets back," cornerback Gill Byrd said.
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August 28, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
B+: QUARTERBACKS Dan Fouts started the '87 season at QB, Babe Laufenberg in '88, Jim McMahon in '89, Mark Vlasic in '90, John Friesz in '91, Bob Gagliano in '92. And Stan Humphries in '93? A: RUNNING BACKS Here's your choice if you're a defensive player: You can either get run over by Marion Butts or look like a fool trying to tackle Ronnie Harmon. Is retirement an option?
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August 22, 1992
A rule to stop late, illegal hits, such as the one that put San Diego Chargers quarterback John Friesz out for the season, must be formulated. The offending player would be suspended, without pay, for the same period the injured player cannot perform. Permanent injury, permanent suspension. A panel of experts would view game film and decide. Suspension without pay would prevent the use of expendable players to execute the dirty work. No longer would a team suffer the loss, perhaps permanent, of a key player, while the team at fault would lose 15 yards.
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July 15, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Burglars stole about $3,300 worth of jewelry, video equipment and other valuables from the La Jolla home of San Diego Charger quarterback John Friesz. Officers responding to Friesz's residence said the thieves probably used a screwdriver to pry open the front door during the day on Friday.
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August 22, 1992
A rule to stop late, illegal hits, such as the one that put San Diego Chargers quarterback John Friesz out for the season, must be formulated. The offending player would be suspended, without pay, for the same period the injured player cannot perform. Permanent injury, permanent suspension. A panel of experts would view game film and decide. Suspension without pay would prevent the use of expendable players to execute the dirty work. No longer would a team suffer the loss, perhaps permanent, of a key player, while the team at fault would lose 15 yards.
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August 15, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
John Friesz has accepted his role as cheerleader for 1992, but he would like those who will replace him this season to understand what is going to happen in 1993. "I hope whoever is in the game in my place has a great season and takes the Chargers all the way to the Super Bowl," Friesz said in a telephone interview from his home in San Diego. "And then I want whoever does that to understand that I won't let that be the situation next year. I'm coming back to get my job."
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August 7, 1992 | T.J. SIMERS
The Chargers will start John Friesz at quarterback in their exhibition debut Saturday night in Phoenix, and Bob Gagliano will come on in the second and third quarters before giving way to Jeff Graham. Pat O'Hara will play in place of Graham for next week's game in New England. "John will go at least the first quarter and probably a series or two in the second quarter," Coach Bobby Ross said.
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