Larry Cipa

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Larry Cipa
Michigan Wolverines
Date of birth: (1951-10-05) October 5, 1951 (age 63)
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
College: Michigan
High school: Cincinnati, Ohio
As player:
New Orleans Saints

Larry Cipa (born October 5, 1951) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines from 1971 to 1973 and professional football for the New Orleans Saints from 1974 to 1975.

Early years[edit]

Born in Detroit, Cipa attended Archbishop McNicholas High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, before enrolling at the University of Michigan.[1]

University of Michigan[edit]

Cipa played at the quarterback position for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1971 to 1973.[2][3] He was a backup to Dennis Franklin in 1972 and 1973, starting only one game at quarterback. During his time at Michigan, Cipa appeared in 19 games and completed 24 of 71 passes for 360 yards, five interceptions, and three touchdowns.[4]

Professional football[edit]

Cipa was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 15th round (373rd overall pick) of the 1974 NFL Draft. He played for the Saints from 1974 to 1975, appearing in 28 games, eight of them as the team's starting quarterback.[1] He appeared in his first game as a starter in December 1974 after injuries to Archie Manning and Bobby Scott.[5][6]

In July 1976, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[7] Less than a week later, the Buccaneers placed him on waivers after he failed a physical due to arthritis of the knee.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Larry Cipa". 
  2. ^ "1971 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ "1973 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. 
  5. ^ "Rookie Larry Cipa Will Start Sunday". Gettysburg Times. December 5, 1974. 
  6. ^ "Rookie QB Cipa Saints' Starter". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1974. 
  7. ^ "Bucs Acquire Saints' Cipa". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. July 2, 1976. 
  8. ^ "Bay Bucs Place Cipa on Waivers". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. July 5, 1976.