Alfred Pupunu

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Alfred Pupunu
Date of birth: (1969-10-16) October 16, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth: Tonga
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Weber State
As player:
San Diego Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions
Career stats
Playing stats at

Alfred Sione Pupunu (born October 16, 1969 in Tonga) is a former professional American football tight end who played nine seasons in the National Football League from 1992 to 2000.

High school career[edit]

Pupunu attended and played high school football at South High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

College career[edit]

Pupunu played college football at Weber State University, where he went on to earn all-Big Sky Conference and All-American honors and has been inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Pupunu earned Walter Camp All-American honors after leading the nation (NCAA Division I-AA, now Football Championship Subdivision) in receptions, with 93, in 1991. The 93 receptions are the second-most ever in a single season by a tight end.

Pupunu was also an All-Conference performer at Dixie State College of Utah.

Professional career[edit]

Pupunu played for the San Diego Chargers (1992–1997, 1999), the Kansas City Chiefs (1997), the New York Giants (1998) and the Detroit Lions (2000). Pupunu made a championship appearance with the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX in the 1994 season, and helped them get there by scoring a touchdown in the AFC title game.

Though Pupunu only scored five career touchdowns (three regular season, two postseason), he performed a unique celebration after each, in which he mimicked twisting off the top of a coconut and drinking the juice, a very popular celebration among San Diego fans.[1]

Pupunu finished his career with 102 receptions for 1,000 yards and three touchdowns in 103 games.

Coaching career[edit]

Pupunu was a volunteer assistant at the University of Utah Utes Football Team for three years (2005–2007).

In 2008, Pupunu was invited to coach the running backs and tight ends at the Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT) Thunderbirds Football Team by Head Coach Ed Lamb.

On February 24, 2010, Pupunu was named assistant coach at the University of Idaho by Head Coach Rob Akey. He still currently coaches there with new head coach Paul Petrino.

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