RIP: Mosi Tatapu plows his last

Reports are coming in that former Patriots go-to guy Mosiula “Mosi” Tatupu has died at the age of 54 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He played with the Patriots for thirteen seasons as a fullback, special teams guy, and just about anything they asked him to do because he was just that damn good. He was also the first man born in American Samoa to play in the Pro Bowl.

He allegedly (in my mind) started the trend of awesomely weird names in the NFL like Jamaal Fudge, Legedu Naanee, Timi Wusu, Cory Lekkerkerker, Kimo K. von Oelhoffen, Kevin Jones… (and so on).

While a cause of death was not given, a friend told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that Tatupu suffered from a real motherfucker: high blood pressure.

Mosi was also known as The Snowin’ Samoan, not really because he spewed snow so much as he all but carried the Pats (along with teammate Mark Van Eegen) in the famous “Snowplow Game” in 1982. The away Dolphins faced off against the Patriots in the middle of a Nor’easter. (For further information on the 3-0 game that led to the NFL banning the use of snowplows, consult The Oracle.)

That name again is Mr. Plow.

He was a fan favorite, earning a special cheering section at the stadium for his fans, named “Mosi’s Mooses”. I’m unsure of the connection between Samoa, snowplows, and moose are, but hey, I guess if you have fans you can’t be too picky.

From 1997-2006, the Maui Quarterback Association would award the Mosi Tatupu Award to the College Football Special Teams Player of the Year.

Apart from having a name that’s fun to say (say “Mosi Tatupu” three times fast… fun, innit?), he was a coach over at Curry College in Milton. Lofa Tatupu, his son, is currently a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks.

— H.B.

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