Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Frye, No. 83 Have a History

Jay Frye and the No. 83 go way back, long before he became Red Bull Racing Team’s general manager and vice president earlier this month.

For four seasons (1983-86), Frye played college football at the University of Missouri, fighting off pass rushers and blitzing linebackers as a tight end and offensive lineman. He earned a varsity letter in 1986.

It just so happens that his black-and-gold jersey number was 83 (pictured above), which, two decades later, is the same number as Brian Vickers’ Sprint Cup car.

There’s a story behind Frye’s No. 83, and it starts with Kellen Winslow, an NFL hall of famer who also played tight end for the Tigers. Winslow wore the same number in the late 1970s.

“Kellen Winslow went there, and, of course, he was pretty good,” Frye explained. “There were a couple of guys between he and I who were really good tight ends. When I got there, you’re carrying on the tradition of the No. 83. Ultimately, they retired the number, so I tell people my number is retired. But really there’s a different name on it — Winslow, not Frye.”


Anonymous Yram curious said...

I am curious. Mr. Steiner previously held this position I thought. What has become of him? has he been let go like the rest of the original Red Bull people???

6:40 PM  
Anonymous 83GivzUWingz said...

Marty Gaunt was let go last season...that's where Jay Frye comes in...I think Mr. Steiner is still there.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Renegade said...

Gunther is still here look at the team page of

7:16 AM  
Anonymous curt said...

Steiner is awesome. I'm glad he's still onboard.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous monkey boi said...

he loves the us and the americans! I am glad he's here too!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm... what is up with the Cali numbers?!? It's not looking too good!! We need to make the first five and we need results from this test!!!!

6:44 PM  

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