Andre Tippett helped erase 19 years of non-winning football (1961-1980) at the University of Iowa in 1981. Tippett lead the Iowa defense to a 1981 Big Ten title in coach J Hayden Fry's third season at Iowa.
Tippett brought a black belt with him to the football field. A martial arts expert, he became a terror to quarterbacks in the backfield. After his successful career in Iowa City, Tippett moved on to a highly successful NFL career with the New England Patriots.
Tippett is set to become a new member of the NFL Hall of Fame in the Class of 2008. After 12 NFL seasons with the Patriots as a player, Tippett has remained as a member of the New England Patriot front office serving in community affairs.
Andre Tippett was a joy to watch at Kinnick Stadium and a great ambassador of what is good in college and pro athletics. Cheers to Tippett becoming a new member of the NFL Hall of Fame.