Thomas Tapeh

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Thomas Tapeh
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Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1980-03-28) March 28, 1980 (age 39)
Monrovia, Liberia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Paul (MN) Johnson
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 2004  / Round: 5 / Pick: 162
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:22
Rushing yards:69
Rushing touchdowns:0
Receptions:27
Receiving yards:157
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Thomas Teah Tapeh (pronounced TUH-PEH) (born March 28, 1980 in Monrovia, Liberia) is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Minnesota. Tapeh has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.

Monrovia City in Montserrado, Liberia

Monrovia is the capital city of the West African country of Liberia. Located on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Mesurado, Monrovia had a population of 1,010,970 as of the 2008 census. With 29% of the total population of Liberia, Monrovia is the country's most populous city.

Liberia republic in West Africa

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its northwest, Guinea to its north, Ivory Coast to its east, and the Atlantic Ocean to its south-southwest. It covers an area of 111,369 square kilometers and has a population of around 4,900,000. English is the official language, but over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous ethnic groups who make up more than 95% of the population. The country's capital and largest city is Monrovia.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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Early years and personal life

Tapeh grew up playing soccer in Liberia before his family moved to the Twin Cities when he was nine years old. He attended Saint Paul Johnson High School. He is the only player to score a touchdown in the Metrodome as a high schooler (in a Johnson-Harding High School game), as a collegiate athlete (for the Gophers), and as a professional athlete in the NFL (as an Eagle).

Tapeh is a devout Christian, with his faith stemming from a Christian woman who stopped his mother from having an abortion. [1] Tapeh is active in his church as a mentor and volunteer, and has spoken publicly about his faith. He is married and has two children.

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the savior of all people, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion with about 2.4 billion followers.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Tapeh was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. With Jon Ritchie already the starting full back, Tapeh saw playing time as the third string running back. In week 14, Tapeh suffered a hip injury which caused him to miss the rest of 2004 and all of 2005. [2]

2004 NFL Draft

The 2004 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 24–25, 2004 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

Jon David Ritchie is an American sports radio host and former professional American football fullback in the National Football League. He started for seven seasons in the NFL, playing for the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite only 15 rushing attempts in his career, Ritchie built a reputation with his blue collar work ethic as being one of the best blocking fullbacks in the NFL. He co hosted The Artie Lange Show alongside comedian Artie Lange He currently cohosts the midday show on Philadelphia sports radio station WIP-FM with Joe DeCamara..

Tapeh returned from injury in 2006, and won the starting full back job from Josh Parry in training camp. [3] He played in all 16 regular season games for the Eagles, as well as their two playoff games that season.

Josh Parry American football fullback

Joshua David "Josh" Parry is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at San Jose State.

In 2007, Tapeh again played full back in all 16 games for the Eagles, despite battling a knee injury. Statistically, Brian Westbrook's best two seasons in rushing yards, receiving yards, yards-per-carry, yards-per-reception and total touchdowns were both seasons Tapeh started at full back.

Brian Westbrook American football player, running back

Brian Collins Westbrook is a former American football running back who played for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft after playing college football for Villanova University. Following an eight-year career with the Eagles, in which he earned two Pro Bowl selections in 2004 and 2007, Westbrook signed with the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he played in 2010.

Minnesota Vikings

On February 29, 2008 (the first day of free agency), Tapeh signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who worked with Tapeh as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, envisioned a long-term pairing between Tapeh and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson. [4] However, Tapeh's knee injury from the prior season resurfaced, and he was placed on injured reserve after two games. [5] Though he could have fought to be paid his $1.855 million signing bonus in full, Tapeh agreed to an injury settlement and was released on October 16, 2008 [6] effectively ending his NFL career.

Coaching career

Woodrow Wilson High School

Tapeh took over as head coach of the Woodrow Wilson High School football team in 2012. [7] Woodrow Wilson High School, whose mascot is the Tiger, is located in Camden, New Jersey.

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