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Ivan Charles "Tucker" Frederickson (born January 12, 1943) is a former American football running back for the New York Giants of the NFL. He was an All-American in college, a Heisman Trophy runner-up, the #1 pick of the 1965 NFL draft, and a Pro Bowl fullback with the Giants.

Tucker Frederickson
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Frederickson in 1965
No. 24
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1943-01-12) January 12, 1943 (age 76)
Hollywood, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Hollywood (FL) South Broward
NFL Draft:1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1965)
  • SEC MVP 1964
  • 2x Jacobs Blocking Trophy
  • All-American (1964)
  • All-SEC (1964)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Frederickson graduated from South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida. A two-way player, he then attended Auburn University in alabama, averaging 4.4 yards per carry on offense and leading the Tigers football team in interceptions as a safety on defense. In 1963 he won the Jacobs Award as the best blocking back in the Southeastern Conference. He won it again in 1964, and was a runner up in the Heisman Trophy race. Coach Shug Jordan called him "the most complete football player I've ever seen". He was an All-American in 1964.

Frederickson was taken as the first overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, playing six seasons for them before a knee injury forced his retirement in 1971. He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

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