- Tom Tupa
number=19, 7, 9
birthdate=birth date and age|1966|2|6
New England Patriots(1996-1998)
New York Jets(1999-2001)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2002-2003)
Pro Bowlselection (1999)
Super Bowlchampion (XXXVII)
Personal life & high school career
Perhaps in a sign of things to come, Tupa participated in the NFL's
Punt, Pass, and Kickcontest, and was a semi-finalist three times, winning once. Tupa played mostly quarterback at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School; he led his team to the state championship while also lettering in basketball(where he averaged 20.8 points per game) and baseball(where he was a pitcherand shortstop).
While in high school, Tupa played on the same basketball team as former NBA head coach
Eric Musselmanand former NBA forward Scott Roth.
Tupa was drafted in the third round (68th overall) of the
1988 NFL Draftby the Phoenix (now Arizona) Cardinals. During his rookie year, he was used exclusively as a quarterback, playing in two games and completing 4-of-5 passes for 49 yards. His second season with the team saw an expanded role. He started two games at QB, while registering six punts for 46.7 yards per punt. After spending the entire 1990 season as strictly a holder on kicks, he was the primary quarterback for the Cardinals the following year, playing in 11 games and throwing six touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He then joined the Indianapolis Coltsin 1992, playing as a backup quarterback to Jack Trudeauand Jeff George.
That season also marked the last time Tupa was used regularly as a quarterback; since then he almost exclusively punted, with only emergency occasions or trick plays making use of his throwing skills. Tupa sat out the
1993 NFL season, having been cut by the Cleveland Brownsright before the season. However, he was re-signed by the Browns the following year and stayed with them for two seasons as their starting punter. He joined the New England Patriotsin 1996 and played for them for three years. In 1999, Tupa signed with the New York Jets. It was during this season that Tupa received his first invitation to the Pro Bowl. He also made his first pass attempt since 1996, and went 6-of-11 for 165 yards and two touchdowns. 2002 saw Tupa sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was their punter on their road to Super Bowl XXXVII, where they defeated the Oakland Raiders. Before the start of the 2004 NFL season, Tupa signed with the Washington Redskins. In 2004, he was named as a Pro Bowl second alternate. He spent 2005 on the injured reserve list, and did not appear in a game.
Tupa announced his retirement from pro-football in the spring of 2006. In February 2006, he was appointed as the recreation director of
Brecksville, Ohio[http://www.brecksville.oh.us/news/pdf/Mar_Apr06.pdf] .
Tupa scored the first
two-point conversionin NFL history, running in a faked extra point attempt for the Browns in a game against the Cincinnati Bengalsin the first week of the 1994 season. He scored a total of three such conversions that season, earning him the nickname "Two Point Tupa."
The final pass of Tupa's career was thrown in the 2002 season-opener against the
New Orleans Saints. The pass occurred in overtime and was interceptedby a Saints defender and returned for a touchdown, ending the game.
He is a first cousin of Colorado Democratic State Senator and Majority Caucus Leader
* [http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1422] Tom Tupa at NFL.com
* [http://www.redskins.com/team/profile.jsp?id=329] Tom Tupa at Redskins.com
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