Mosi Tatupu, one of the most popular players in New England Patriots history and the father of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, died Tuesday in Attleboro, Mass. He was 54.
Sturdy Memorial Hospital could not disclose a cause of death.
The Plainville Fire Department responded to Tatupu’s home on Tuesday and took him to the hospital, Lt. Richard Ball said.
Tatupu was chosen by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft out of Southern California and played 13 of his 14 NFL seasons with the team, wrapping up his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1991.
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The bruising 227-pound fullback rushed for 2,415 yards and 18 touchdowns. While never a superstar, Tatupu was beloved by Patriots fans for his play on special teams and even had his own cheering section known as “Mosi’s Mooses.” He was selected to the 1986 Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
After his retirement as a player, Tatupu was the head coach at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., where he coached Lofa Tatupu.
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