Andre Tippett was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft (41st overall) following a standout career at the University of Iowa. Tippett played 11 seasons for the Patriots. He is the second player to earn induction to the Hall of Fame after spending his entire career with the Patriots. Andre Tippett was selected to five Pro Bowls, earning All-Star honors in each season from 1984-88. He played in 151 career games with 139 starts and holds the Patriots franchise record with 100.0 career sacks. He owns the three of the top four single-season sack performances in Patriots history. He was named to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team and was named the NFL’s linebacker of the year by the NFL Players Association for three straight seasons from 1985-87. Andre Tippett was a member of the Patriots’ 1985 AFC Championship squad and was enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999.
Andre Tippett has also been studying Martial Arts for 34 years. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate-Do and is certified through the Okinawa Karate-Do Association in Okinawa, Japan and was a member of the USA Karate team. Andre Tippett was also selected All-City and team captain in football, track and wrestling at Barringer High School in Newark, N.J. and is a member of Newark’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Andre Tippett, a native of Newark, N.J., has worked in the Patriots’ front office since his 1994 retirement. Currently he serves as the New England Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs. Prior to that appointment, he served as the Patriots Assistant Director of Pro Scouting from 1998-2003. He is married to Rhonda and has four children; three daughters and a son.