Former Iowa defensive end Andre Tippett said Friday it will be hard to keep his emotions in check when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Tippett played strongside linebacker from 1982-93 with the New England Patriots after three stellar seasons with Iowa. He still owns Iowa’s season record for tackles for loss with 20. In 1981 he led Iowa to the Rose Bowl and earned All-American honors. Tippett recorded 100 sacks, five Pro Bowls and earned UPI’s 1985 Defensive Player of the Year Award during his Patriots career. He also led the Patriots to the AFC title in 1985.
Iowa inducted Tippett into its Hall of Fame in 2007. He was named to the Patriots’ Hall of Fame in 1999 and is a member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team.
During Friday’s news conference, Tippett said he will mention his former pro and college coaches during his induction speech. Tippett played for former Iowa Coach Hayden Fry. New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft will present Tippett, who continues to work for the Patriots organization.
ESPN and the NFL Network will televise the induction ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.