Andre Tippett was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced Monday the Patriots icon is joining the Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2021.
Tippett was brilliant with the Iowa Hawkeyes between 1979 and 1981 and then joined the Patriots. He is one of 13 former college players and coaches who will get their place in the Hall in December.
“A terror to offensive backfields, Andre Tippett guided Iowa to its first Big Ten title in over two decades,” the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame wrote on its website. “… A consensus First Team All-American in 1981, Tippett led Iowa to a share of the Big Ten title and a berth in the 1982 Rose Bowl, the program’s first appearance in the game since 1958. … ”
Patriots have another member to their Hall of Fame
Tippett took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts on the honor.
Tippett played his entire football career with the Patriots in the season between 1982 and 1993. The Patriots enshrined Tippett into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He is joining the class of Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, and C.J. Spiller.
The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time AP First-Team All-Pro was a member of the team for 11 seasons. He played in Super Bowl 20 and has the team record for sacks with 100.
Tippett was even better on his college team. He helped his Hawkeyes hit a winning record, a Big Ten title, and a Rose Bowl championship for the very first time in twenty years. Tippett was named a member of Iowa’s All-Time Team in 1989. He still has a record for tackle-for-loss in one season.
Kennett Sims is also an inductee for 2021. He was selected with the first-overall pick in the 1982 draft. It’s the same draft the Patriots would select Tippett 41th overall. Sims was playing with the 1985 Patriots team that appeared in the Super Bowl.