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Andre Tippett


Career Overview

Andre Tippett played 11 seasons for the Patriots from 1982-93. He is the second player to earn induction to the Hall of Fame after spending his entire career with the Patriots. Guard John Hannah, who spent his entire 13- year career with New England from 1973-85, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes and Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti are the other Hall of Famers to have worn a Patriots uniform. Haynes and Buoniconti each spent the first seven seasons of their 14-year careers with the club.

Tippett was selected to five Pro Bowls, earning All-Star honors in each season from 1984-88. He played in 151 career games with 139 starts and holds the Patriots franchise record with 100.0 career sacks. He owns the three of the top four single-season sack performances in Patriots history (18.5 in 1984, 16.5 in 1985 and 12.5 in 1987). From 1984-85, Tippett recorded 35.0 sacks, a total that stands as the highest two-season sack total by a linebacker in NFL history. He achieved his record sack totals despite playing his career as a strong-side linebacker (opposite the opposing tight end), a position from which few other players have excelled in the pass rush to the extent that Tippett did. He was named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team and was named the NFL's linebacker of the year by the NFL Players Association for three straight seasons from 1985-87. He was a member of the Patriots' 1985 AFC Championship squad and was enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999.

Tippett was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft (41st overall) following a standout career at the University of Iowa. After playing in nine games as a rookie in 1982, he broke into the starting lineup in 1983 and led the team with 8.5 sacks. In 1984, he earned the first of five straight Pro Bowl honors and set a franchise record with 18.5 sacks while starting all 16 games. The following season, he was a key leader on New England's AFC Championship team and led the AFC with 16.5 sacks while earning AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors from UPI. In 1986, he recorded 9.5 sacks and was named to the Associated Press All- Pro second team despite missing five games due to injury. He led the AFC with 12.5 sacks in 1987, a total that ranked second in the NFL and helped him earn All-NFL First Team honors from the Associated Press. He was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl in 1988 and earned All-AFC honors from Pro Football Weekly. After missing the 1989 season due to injury, he returned to start 13 games in 1990. In 1991, he started all 16 games while recording 8.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. After leading the team with seven sacks in 1992, he closed out his career in 1993 by starting all 16 games and recording 8.5 sacks, including a fourth-quarter sack of Miami's Scott Mitchell in the season finale to finish his career with 100 sacks.

Tippett, a native of Newark, N.J., has worked in the Patriots' front office since his 1994 retirement and currently serves as the team's executive director of community affairs.

Career Highlights

Tippett is a member of the NFL's 1980s all-decade team...Tippett was selected to five Pro Bowls in his career, earning the nod in five straight seasons from 1984-88... From 1984-85, Tippett recorded the highest two-season sack total by a linebacker in NFL history, totaling 35.0 sacks during the two seasons. His 18.5 sacks in 1984 are the third most by any linebacker in a single season, while his 16.5 sacks in 1985 are tied for the sixth most by any linebacker in NFL history...Tippett ranked seventh on the all-time sacks list at the time of his retirement following the 1993 season...Tippett ranked third among linebackers on the all-time sacks list at the time of his retirement following the 1993 season...Over his career, Tippett recorded 100 sacks in 151 games, an average of 0.662 sacks per game. The mark currently ranks fourth in NFL history among linebackers...Tippett was named the NFL's linebacker of the year by the NFL Players Association for three straight seasons from 1985-87. He was also named to the Associated Press All-NFL First Team on two occasions (1985, 1987)...Tippett holds the Patriots' franchise record with 100.0 career sacks. He also owns the top three single-season sack performances in Patriots history (18.5 in 1984, 16.5 in 1985 and 12.5 in 1987)...Tippett recovered 17 opponents' fumbles during his career, tying him for first on the Patriots' all-time list (Steve Nelson). He also forced 14 fumbles in his career...Tippett spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots and was a member of three playoff teams, including the 1985 AFC Champions...Tippett was selected to the Patriots' 35th Anniversary Team in 1994 and was selected to the Patriots Team of the Century in 2000...After not recording a sack as a rookie in 1982, Tippett finished either first or second on the team in sacks in each of his final 10 seasons. He led the team in sacks six times and finished second on the team four times...Tippett recorded 30 multiple-sack games in his career and sacked a total of 37 different quarterbacks.

Seasonal Reviews

1993 (16/16): Started all 16 games at outside linebacker ... Finished second on the team with 8.5 sacks, totaling over 43 yards in losses ... Finished fifth on the team with 76 tackles, including 50 solo stops ... Led the team with four fumble recoveries ... Forced a fumble and collected two passes defensed. Detroit (9/12): Registered 10 tackles (5 solo) in the home opener. Seattle (9/26): Notched six tackles (4 solo), including two sacks. Phoenix (10/10): Collected six solo tackles, including two sacks. N.Y. Jets (11/28): Notched a season-high 11 tackles (7 solo), including a sack. Miami (1/2): Reached the 100-sack milestone in the final game of the 1993 season with 1.5 sacks in the dramatic 33-27 overtime victory over Miami ... At that time, he was just the seventh player in NFL history to reach that plateau ... Finished the game with eight tackles (5 solo).

1992 (14/13): Saw action in 14 games with 13 starts ... Finished with 40 tackles (33 solo) and led team with seven sacks ... Recorded three fumble recoveries and a pass defensed. Cleveland (10/25): Collected a season high five tackles. Cincinnati (12/20): Tied a season high with five tackles.

1991 (16/16): Started all 16 games ... Finished third on team with 65 tackles (41 solo) ... Tallied 8.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception. Indianapolis (9/1): Registered six solo tackles, a sack, one forced fumble and recorded first career interception. Cleveland (9/8): Named Player of the Game after registering eight tackles (five solo). Buffalo (11/24): Had season-high nine tackles (five solo) and a sack.

1990 (13/13): Started 13 games and finished with 72 tackles (38 solo). Philadelphia (11/4): Had four tackles (3 solo) and two sacks of quarterback Randall Cunningham. Phoenix (11/25): Made five tackles, including 500th as a Patriot, and recovered a fumble. Washington (12/15): Notched six tackles (four solo) and recovered an Earnest Byner fumble. N.Y. Jets (12/23): Recorded six tackles. N.Y. Giants (12/30): Had season-high 10 tackles (four solo) and a forced fumble.

1989: Placed on injured reserve on Sept. 4 and missed the entire season.

1988 (12/11): Selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl ... Saw action in 12 games with 11 starts ... Finished second on the team with seven sacks, while recording 50 tackles (31 solo) and a fumble recovery ... Named UPI All-AFC, Football News All- AFC and Pro Football Weekly All-AFC ... Led a Patriots defense that was ranked fifth in the league, giving up 13 or fewer points in seven games. Buffalo (10/23): Sacked Jim Kelly for a 10-yard loss while forcing the signal caller to fumble.

1987 (13/13): Named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the AFC in sacks with 12.5 ... Finished second in the NFL in sacks behind Philadelphia's Reggie White who collected 21 sacks ... Tallied 83 tackles (53 solo) and led club with three fumble recoveries ... Named NFL Alumni Association Linebacker of the Year, NFL Players Association Linebacker of the Year, All-NFL first team by the Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers Association, All-Pro second team by The Sporting News and All-AFC by UPI. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Returned a fumble 29 yards for touchdown. Houston (10/18): Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering 14 tackles (10 solo), three sacks and a blocked field goal ... Batted down a field goal attempt, which was returned 71 yards for a touchdown by Raymond Clayborn. Dallas (11/15): Recorded three sacks. Indianapolis (11/22): Tallied three sacks.

1986 (11/11): Named to his third Pro Bowl ... Started the first nine games of the season before suffering a knee injury ... Returned for the final two regular season games and a playoff game ... Was second in the NFL with 9.5 sacks before suffering the injury ... Named All-Pro second team by the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, and College and Pro Football Weekly ... Selected All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and UPI. Buffalo (10/26): Collected 3.5 sacks.

1985 (16/16): Selected to the Pro Bowl after leading the AFC with 16.5 sacks ... Finished second in the NFL in sacks behind Chicago's Richard Dent, who had 17 ... Tied for team lead with three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles ... Finished third on the team with 97 tackles ... In four post-season games, collected 21 tackles (16 solo) and one sack ... Named All-NFL by AP, NEA and the Pro Football Writers Association; All-Pro by The Sporting News; the "101" AFC Defensive Player of the Year; UPI AFC Defensive Player of the Year; New York Daily News Defensive Player of the Year; and Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Tums Neutralizer of the Year Awar

1984 (16/16): Selected to his first Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games ... Broke team record for sacks in one season with 18.5 (old record was 13.5 by Tony McGee in 1977) ... Collected 118 tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and led the team with 22 quarterback pressures ... Finished second in the NFL with 18.5 sacks, trailing only the N.Y. Jets' Mark Gastineau who collected 22 sacks ... Notched two or more sacks in six games ... Was selected the best linebacker/defensive back in the AFC in a vote of the conference's running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers ... Was named Patriots' MVP by 1776 QB Club ... Selected Football Digest All-Star, Pro Football Weekly All-Star, UPI All-AFC, NFL Films All-Pro and Pro Magazine All-AFC East.

1983 (15/13): Led the team with 8.5 sacks during first full season starting at left outside linebacker ... Finished seventh on the team with 86 tackles (48 solo). L.A. Rams (12/11): Recorded six tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. N.Y. Jets (9/18): Finished the contest with seven tackles, a sack and two quarterback pressures ... Batted down a sure touchdown reception in the back of the end zone ... On the next play, sacked Richard Todd for an 11-yard loss ... Was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week by Pro Football Weekly and ESPN for his efforts.

1982 (9/1): Saw action in nine games with one start ... Was the first reserve outside linebacker off the bench and a regular on special teams coverage units ... Registered 28 tackles (10 solo). Buffalo (1/2): Registered his first career NFL start ... Recorded eight tackles and two quarterback pressures.

Honors

1988

  • All-AFC Selection - UPI, Football News, Pro Football Weekly
  • AFC Pro Bowl Selection

1987
 

  • NFL Linebacker of the Year - NFL Players Association, NFL Alumni Association
  • All-NFL Selection - Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America
  • All-AFC Selection - UPI
  • All-Pro Second Team - The Sporting News
  • AFC Pro Bowl Selection
  • Patriots Co-Most Valuable Player - 1776 Quarterback Club

1986
 

  • All-Pro Second Team - Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, College and Pro Football Weekly
  • NFL Linebacker of the Year - NFL Players Association
  • All-AFC Selection - UPI, Pro Football Weekly
  • AFC Pro Bowl Selection

1985
 

  • AFC Defensive Player of the Year - UPI, The "101" Awards, New York Daily News
  • All-NFL Selection - Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association
  • All-Pro Selection - The Sporting News
  • NFL Linebacker of the Year - NFL Players Association
  • AFC Pro Bowl Selection

1984
 

  • NFL's Best Linebacker/Defensive Back - Voted by AFC running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers.
  • NFL All Star Selection - Football Digest, Pro Football Weekly
  • Patriots Most Valuable Player - 1776 Quarterback Club
  • AFC Pro Bowl selection

1983
 

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Week (9/18) - Pro Football Weekly and ESPN

College

Played as both a standup DE and OLB for the Hawkeyes, leading them to the Rose Bowl as a senior (the school's first appearance there since 1959)...spent one year at Ellsworth (Iowa) Junior College before transferring to Iowa...started his junior and senior seasons...recorded 141 career tackles and 35 QB sacks with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries...his 20 tackles for 153 yards in losses as a junior was tops in the Big Ten...Coach Hayden Fry said Tippett had the best game he had ever seen by a DE when he recorded six solo tackles, three assists, two sacks and broke up four passes vs. Iowa State his senior year...was an AP, UPI, NEA, Football Writers and Football News first team All America selection in 1981.

Personal

Andre Bernard Tippett was born Dec. 27, 1959 in Birmingham, Ala. ... Married to Rhonda and has four children; three daughters (Janea Lynn, Asia, Madison) and a son (Coby) ... Currently serves as the New England Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs... Prior to that appointment, he served as the Patriots Assistant Director of Pro Scouting from 1998-2003 ... Has been studying Martial Arts for 34 years and holds a fourth degree black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate-Do ... Has more than 20 years of training in the Uechi Ryu and is certified through the Okinawa Karate-Do Association in Okinawa, Japan ... Has earned black belt rank in two other disciplines ... Holds a certified referee "A" rating in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) ... Served as the New England AAU Karate Sports Chairman from 1993-96 ... Was a past owner of the Karate School: Institute of Traditional Karate-Do (1990-2000) ... Was a member of the USA Karate team and opened a karate school in North Attleboro in 1984 ... Selected All-City and team captain in football, track and wrestling at Barringer High School in Newark, N.J. ... Member of Newark’s Sports Hall of Fame.