Posted by: cedarsurf | February 26, 2010

Mosi Tatupu,54 R.I.P

Mosi Tatupu, one of the most loved players in New England Patriots history died very unexpectedly of undetermined causes yesterday in Attleboro,Mass.
The Plainsville Fire Dept responded to Tatupu’s home on Tuesday and took him to the hospital where he died.
Tatupu was born in Pago,Pago American Samoa and was a high school football star in Hawaii.
Tatupu was chosen by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft out of Southern California and played 13 out of his 14 NFL seasons with the team. His son Lofa was coached by his Dad in high school and is now a star for the Seattle Seahawks.
The bruising 227-pound fullback rushed for 2,415 yards and 18 touchdoiwns including a career best 578 yards in 1983.
He thrived on snowy and icey fields, running for 128 yards on a snow covered field in a win over New Orleans that season.
While never a superstar, Tatupu was beloved by Patriots fans for his play on kick off and punt teams and even had his own cheering section known as “Mosi Mooses.” He was selected to the 1986 Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
Tatupu was known for his ready smile and good fun. He was remembered by his former teammate New England QB Steve Grogan : “He was one of those guys that made life fun whether it was in the locker room or on the practice fields.
He had a smile that radiated.”

Fun loving fan favourite

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