Mosi Tatupu 1955-2010

This is a little late but I didn’t have a blog page during Mosi’s passing, and I’m giving away an autographed photo of him this week so I thought it was only appropriate. I’m going to share with you a write-up from ESPN Boston on February 24, 2010 written by Mike Reiss.

First I’d like to share with you a brief story about my experience with Mosi Tatupu. A few years back Mosi, Steve Nelson, and Steve Grogan of the New England Patriots came to Stafford to help us raise money for Stafford Youth Football. Myself, Suzanne, Jenn and Pete Fletcher, Doug Aubin and a few others had the privilege of sharing the dinner table with Mosi for the festivities. He was totally engaging. He talked to us about our children as well as his son Lofa and his experiences in college and the NFL. He had a million dollar smile and treated us all as if he’d known us for years. It was a true pleasure to have made his acquaintance after being a huge fan of his over the years. He was a great man and great football icon and he surely is missed in New England. Learn more about him in the story below.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Mosi Tatupu, a fan favorite who played 13 seasons for the New England Patriots, died Tuesday at age 54.

Ashley O’Brien, a spokeswoman for Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass., said Tatupu was pronounced dead at the hospital. She did not give a cause. The Plainville Fire Department responded to Tatupu’s home on Tuesday and took him to the hospital, Lt. Richard Ball said.

Reiss: Tatupu Spirit

Reiss His smile, his work ethic, his ability to unite, his bond with the fans … Mosi Tatupu was known for a lot more than how he played football, writes’s Mike Reiss. Story


“He was one of those fun guys in the locker room who also had fun on the field,” said former Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan, who was one of Tatupu’s teammates in New England. “When he went to practice, he had a smile on his face all the time because he was having fun. He enjoyed playing football. He could have played in any era, for anybody at any time. It’s a shame that he’s gone at such an early age.”

Tatupu played with the Patriots from 1978 to 1990, starring as a special-teams player (making the Pro Bowl in 1986) and as a jack-of-all-trades running back. He was one of the most popular players of his era and even had his own cheering section at Schaefer/Sullivan Stadium called “Mosi’s Mooses.”

“I think football fans in this area appreciate a lunch pail attitude, someone who shows up for work every day and that’s what Mosi did,” Grogan said. “I think his personality, the spirit and fun he showed on the field, transferred to fans. That’s why they loved him so much.”

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Rob Brown/Getty ImagesMosi Tatupu spent 13 seasons with the Patriots as a special teams standout and a jack-of-all-trades running back.


Patriots owner Robert Kraft echoed those sentiments.

“I was shocked by the news this morning. My sons and I loved to watch Mosi,” Kraft said through a press release issued by the team. “He was one of our favorite players for more than a decade. I don’t think you could watch a Patriots game in the ’80s without becoming a fan of his. He was a dominant special teams player and a punishing rusher who loved the Patriots as much as the fans did. He gave everything that he had on every play and immediately became a fan favorite. …

“He was an iconic player and will be remembered for all of his contributions as a Patriot, both on and off the field. Our sincere condolences go out to all of Mosi’s family, former teammates and many friends who are mourning his loss today.”

Tatupu rushed for 2,415 yards over his career with the Patriots, scoring 18 touchdowns and averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

“The thing about Mosi was that he did everything,” former Patriots center Peter Brock said. “He wasn’t the glamour guy out in front, getting all the carries, he just played football and he played hard.

“A lot of people remember the ‘Snow Plow Game’ and, of course, John Smith’s kick won it, but it was Mosi, who ran for more than 100 yards that day, that really won that game.

“It’s really a shock and it’s so much tougher because we played before the era of free agency, so you really got to know everybody. We were a community. We raised our children together. Because of that it’s just like losing a family member.”

Patriots receiver Wes Welker, recipient of the 2003 Mosi Tatupu Award, which is presented annually to college football’s Special Teams Player of the Year, said, “Mosi Tatupu was one of the first truly great special teams players. He set the stage for a lot of us to follow. It was an honor to win a special teams award in his name back in 2003 and then have the opportunity to meet him here in New England. As a Patriot, I have learned even more about the impact that Mosi had on this franchise and in this community. He will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family.” Tatupu was honored as a special-teamer on the Patriots’ 50th anniversary team in September and participated in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium during halftime of the Patriots’ 2009 season opener.

Tatupu was born on April 26, 1955, in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and later moved to Hawaii, where he starred as a high school running back and is considered one of the greatest athletes in Hawaiian history. He played collegiately at USC and was picked by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft.

At the time of his death, Tatupu was running backs coach at Curry College in Milton, Mass. Tatupu had also coached his son Lofa Tatupu — now a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks — at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass.’s Mike Reiss and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Click Your Picks week 15

Mosi Tatupu

Happy Holidays to all of you from me and everyone at Paradiso Insurance. This is going to be a great week! Again I’d like to thank Bob from Shark Cycle for getting involved with Coach Vail’s click your pick last week, that place rocks. This week Bim Hanley was kind enough to let us shoot our video from Yellow Brick Road Antiques and H & H Outdoor Accents. We had a blast, check out the Week 15 video, it’s very interesting to say the least. This week’s winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Yellow Brick Road Antiques and an autographed picture of Patriot legend Mosi Tatupu, 2nd place will get $20 gift certificate to Shark Cycle and 3rd through 5th will get a $20 gift certificate to Rockville Vintage Lanes! Seriously people this is the best game in town, you can win free gift certificates to great local businesses and have fun doing it. Do not forget to fill out your picks this week and every week @ And please if you are in the Christmas spirit read my post below, “Season of Giving“. Happy Holidays to all and to all DO YOUR PICKS!!! IT’S FREE.