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 of 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 one year of boys basketball.

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.