Mitch Hoopes

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Mitch Hoopes
No. 9, 10, 12, 17
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-07-08) July 8, 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth: Bisbee, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Benson High School
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200
Debuted in 1975 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1978 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
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.

Early years[edit]

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).[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

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.

In the NFC Championship Game, he ran for a critical first down without informing head coach Tom Landry.[2]

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.

The next year with the arrival of Danny White who could play quarterback and punt, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers for a draft choice.[3]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Hoopes was released in mid season in 1976.

Houston Oilers[edit]

The Houston Oilers signed him in 1976, but released him after one game, for averaging only 31 yards a punt.[4]

Saint Louis Cardinals[edit]

Hoopes signed with the Saint Louis Cardinals but was waived on September 9, 1977 season.[5]

Detroit Lions[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions in 1977, but was released after one game.[6]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1978 he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles and became part of a revolving door at punter with Rick Engles, where he was signed three times during the season.[7]

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