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Alfred Pupunu

Alfred Pupunu
Date of birth (1969-10-16) October 16, 1969
Place of birth Tonga
Career information
Position(s) Tight end
College Weber State
Career history
As player
1992-1997 San Diego Chargers
1997 Kansas City Chiefs
1998 New York Giants
1999 San Diego Chargers
2000 Detroit Lions
Career stats
  • Playing stats at NFL.com
  • Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Alfred Sione Pupunu (born October 16, 1969 in Tonga) is a former professional American football tight end who played nine seasons in the National Football League from 1992 to 2000.

Contents

  • High school career 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Coaching career 4
  • External links 5
  • Notes and references 6

High school career

Pupunu attended and played high school football at South High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

College career

Pupunu played college football at Weber State University, where he went on to earn all-Big Sky Conference and All-American honors and has been inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Pupunu earned Walter Camp All-American honors after leading the nation (NCAA Division I-AA, now Football Championship Subdivision) in receptions, with 93, in 1991. The 93 receptions are the second-most ever in a single season by a tight end.

Pupunu was also an All-Conference performer at Dixie State College of Utah.

Professional career

Pupunu played for the San Diego Chargers (1992–1997, 1999), the Kansas City Chiefs (1997), the New York Giants (1998) and the Detroit Lions (2000). Pupunu made a championship appearance with the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX in the 1994 season, and helped them get there by scoring a touchdown in the AFC title game.

Though Pupunu only scored five career touchdowns (three regular season, two postseason), he performed a unique celebration after each, in which he mimicked twisting off the top of a coconut and drinking the juice, a very popular celebration among San Diego fans.[1]

Pupunu finished his career with 102 receptions for 1,000 yards and three touchdowns in 103 games.

Coaching career

Pupunu was a volunteer assistant at the University of Utah Utes Football Team for three years (2005–2007).

In 2008, Pupunu was invited to coach the running backs and tight ends at the Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT) Thunderbirds Football Team by Head Coach Ed Lamb.

On February 24, 2010, Pupunu was named assistant coach at the University of Idaho by Head Coach Rob Akey. He still currently coaches there with new head coach Paul Petrino.


External links

  • Southern Utah Coach Bio

Notes and references

  1. ^ Sporting News - Your expert source for MLB Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball and Fantasy Sports scores, blogs, and articles
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