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Mosi Tatupu, RIP

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smallpotatoes, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member


    Former Patriots special teams guy. Coached some high school and college ball in the Boston area.
    I had a Mosi's Mooses hat when I was in college.
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Not just a "former Patriots special teams guy." The college football NFL's Special Teams Player of the Year Award is named after him. He's also the father of Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

    But his greatest claim to fame might have been that "Mosi Tatupu! Mosi Tatupu!" is what the natives on Ape Island were chanting during a Halloween/King Kong parody episode of The Simpsons from the mid-90s. (The Simpsons' writing staff in those days was loaded with former Harvard Lampoon writers/Patriots fans)
  3. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I tend to understate things sometimes.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Slight correction: The Mosi Tatupu Award is a college, not NFL, award.
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Shit this one hits me. Can't even explain. RIP.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Tatupu also was pretty solid at running back for a couple of seasons for the Patriots.

  7. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Sad. This means nothing in big picture, but Mosi was part of an improbable Tecmo title for my cousin, during a 24-hour marathon season we went through in college. He had the patriots, who were horrendous, but got on a late-season roll and won the Super Bowl, beating the Giants for the title. And Tatupu had a couple of big runs in the winning effort.
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I remember Mosi Tatupu as a player. I thought about him every time I'd watch a Seahawks game where Lofa Tatupu was playing linebacker.

    This sucks. RIP.
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    For some reason, I've always associated him with the Lisa Olson controversy, but I get him confused with Zeke Mowatt. RIP Tatupu, sorry I got you confused with Mowatt.
  10. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Any additional info on cause of death? I hate these stories where a relatively young person dies and the report says 'unknown causes.' Unknown to whom? Someone knows.
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    He was our buzzword once on a Vegas trip. Whenever we needed a good card or a lucky roll, we would say "Mosi Tatupu ... Mosi Tatupu ..."
  12. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    He also deserves recognition as a one of the pioneers in the Samoan invasion of American Football.

    When Mosi came along, the idea of a Samoan playing football was a novelty, now American Samoa has more per capita NFLers than any place on earth. Not a bad trend to start.
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