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Hank Fraley

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  • Induction
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    Male Student-Athlete


Robert Morris University
Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg
Football • 1996-99

One of the pioneers of Northeast Conference football, Fraley starred at offensive tackle for the Colonials, who won or shared league titles in each of his four years from 1996-99. He was named to the All-NEC first team three times and was a three-time NCAA I-AA Non-Scholarship All-American from 1997-99. Fraley was also tabbed the National Weekly Football Gazette Lineman of the Year as a senior in 1999. The second Colonial to have his number retired, Fraley played on two ECAC Bowl championship teams (1996-97) and starred on RMU’s NCAA I-AA Non-Scholarship National Championship team in 1999. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, by which point he was in the midst of a successful NFL career. An 11-year NFL veteran (2000-present), Fraley has played at center with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and currently the St. Louis Rams. He started for the Eagles from 2002-05, playing in four straight NFC championship games and Super Bowl XXXIX. Fraley, a Gaithersburg, MD native, would go on to start 52 games for the Browns from 2006-09. Entering 2010, Fraley had started 123 of 135 career games and made 10 postseason starts.

"Hank, along with Tim Hall, helped give Robert Morris football an identity," said Robert Morris head coach Joe Walton. “They proved that even a fledgling program that didn’t have a long, storied tradition could send players to the highest level. I’m proud of what Hank has accomplished with his play in the NFL, as he’s been a respected member of four organizations and has helped his teams be successful on the field."