Mosi Tatupu, Longtime NFL Fullback, Passes Away at Age 54

March 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On February 3rd, 2010, the NFL lost one of it's true "good men" when Mosi Tatutpu passed away at age 54.  
Mosi was born in American Samoa, but went to high school in Hawaii.  Upon his graduation in 1974, he enrolled in the University of Southern California.  
During his four-year term at school, USC won the National Championship in 1974, and won two Rose Bowls.  Used as a fullback to lead the way for running backs Anthony Davis (College Football Hall of Fame, played in the WFL, USFL, CFL, and NFL); Ricky Bell (the  No. 1 overall pick in '77, runner up to Tony Dorsett in the Heisman, passed away due to heart failure in '83); and Charles White (1st round pick in 1980, led league in rushing in 1987, later coached RBs at USC for 4 years).  
Tackling Mosi was compared to tackling a Coke machine, and he was a favorite of fans, players, and coaches.
Mosi was drafted in the 8th round of the 1978 draft by the New England Patriots.  Used as...

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