Matt Frier

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2019

Matt Frier was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after an exceptional football career where he set state records as a wide receiver at Suwannee High School in Live Oak.

Frier starred as a wide receiver for the Bulldogs from 1986-89, finishing his career with back-to-back state championships his junior and senior year. He finished his prep gridiron career with a state-record 220 receptions for 3,688 yards and 41 touchdowns. The Orlando Sentinel named him the Florida Player of the Year as a junior after catching 64 balls for 1,035 yards and 15 scores. As a senior, he set the state record with 99 receptions, totaling 1,716 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2007, the four-time SHS class president was named by the FHSAA as one of the 100-greatest players in the first 100 years of Florida high school football.

Away from the gridiron, Frier was also a three-year letterman for the SHS baseball team and played basketball for one year.

After graduating Suwanee, Frier won four bowl games as a starter at Florida State University, culminating in 1993 when he was voted captain and led the Seminoles to the national championship with an 18-16 victory against Nebraska. Thanks to his popularity and success in college, Frier organized two separate equipment fundraisers for FHSAA football programs and was able to raise more than $40,000.