Background and college
Born December 29, 1971 on Long Island in Oceanside, New York, Fiedler attended Oceanside High School in Oceanside, New York, and won varsity letters as a quarterback in football, a point guard in basketball, and as decathlete in track and field. He was influenced greatly by football coach Frank Luisi, who is also an English teacher at Oceanside High School. Fiedler told ESPN Magazine that his hero growing up was “my coach at Oceanside High School, Frank Luisi," who “would do anything for us. Coach kept me focused. He still calls after every game.” Fiedler then attended Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Dragon Senior Society. Fiedler led Dartmouth to a 22-7-1 record from 1991-93, Ivy titles in 1991 (6-0-1) and 1992 (6-1-0), and second place in 1993. He was the Ivy player-of-the-year, All-Ivy League first team, and third team All-America in 1992. In 1993 he engineered comeback victories in four of the Green's last five games, and repeated as All-Ivy League first team quarterback. During three seasons, Fiedler set Dartmouth records for touchdown passes (58), passing yards (6,684) and total offense (7,249 yards). Jay was named Co-Offensive Player of the Game in the 1994 East-West Shrine Game. He received a Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship, and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Before the Jets
Fiedler had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-95), Minnesota Vikings (1998), and Jacksonville Jaguars (1999) before finding steady work with the Dolphins (2000-04) beginning in 2000. In between his time with the Eagles and Vikings, Fiedler served as a receivers coach at Hofstra University in 1997 before being signed as a free agent by Minnesota in 1998. Fiedler's time with the Dolphins featured three 10+ win seasons in four years, two 11-5 seasons in 2000 & 2001, an AFC East title. His Dolphin career combined satisfactory regular season performance with poor post-season performances. He threw one touchdown and seven interceptions with a record of one win and two losses in post-season play while with the Dolphins.
As a Jet
Fiedler signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2005, as a backup quarterback to Chad Pennington. He ended up playing in only two games for the Jets In a game on September 25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pennington hurt his surgically repaired right shoulder after being sacked on successive plays in the Jets' opening drive of the second half. Fiedler came in, but only seven plays later,after throwing a pass to Justin McCareins, he suffered a shoulder injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve on December 15, 2005.
After the Jets
Fiedler was released by the Jets on February 22, 2006, and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who released him in August of that year due to injury as Fiedler had a nagging shoulder issue and was unable to practice. Fiedler sat out 2006 rehabilitating his throwing shoulder following his release from Tampa Bay. Fiedler was set to work out for the Falcons in April 2007, according to his agent Bryan Levy. In addition, the New York Giants considered signing him but have since signed Anthony Wright. Fiedler played in 76 games with 60 starts and is a 58.7 percent career passer. He has thrown 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. In 2007, Fiedler and Demetrius Ford became co-owners of the CBA basketball expansion team, The East Kentucky Miners, based in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Statistics as a Jet