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|Date of birth:July 8, 1953|
|Place of birth: Bisbee, Arizona|
|High school: Benson High School|
|NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200|
|Debuted in 1975 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 1978 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
Career NFL statistics
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|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Mitchell Kent Hoopes (born July 8, 1953 in Bisbee, Arizona) is a retired American basketball and football player. He had a three-year career in the National Football League from 1975 to 1977 as a punter. He played in Super Bowl X as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
Hoopes was an All-Star halfback at Benson High School (Arizona), which played in Class B football. He received a scholarship to play defensive back and punter at the University of Arizona, but he ended up concentrating on punting. In 1973 he was among college football's top punters with a 43.9 average (second in school history at the time).
Hoopes was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the eight round of the 1975 NFL Draft, also known as the Dirty Dozen draft. That season Burton Lawless and him were the only rookies to earn starting jobs. As a rookie he averaged 39.4 yards per punt.
Playing in Super Bowl X with less than 12 minutes remaining, the Cowboys led 10-7 when Steelers backup running back Reggie Harrison broke through the middle of the offensive line and blocked the punt out of the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to 10-9. The Steelers went on to win 21-17.
San Diego Chargers
Hoopes was released in mid season in 1976.
Saint Louis Cardinals