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|Date of birth:||September 1, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Swainsboro, Georgia|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school:||Augusta (GA) Butler|
|NFL draft:||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Benjamin LaShaun Troupe (born September 1, 1982) is an American former college and professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the early 2000s. Troupe played college football for the University of Florida, and earned All-American honors. He was a second-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
Troupe was born in Swainsboro, Georgia in 1982. He attended Butler High School in Augusta, Georgia, where he played high school football for the Butler Bulldogs. Following his senior season, Troupe was a PrepStar high school All-American and was recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the top four tight end prospects in the Southeast.
Troupe accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 2000 to 2003. He finished his college career with sixty-four receptions for 958 yards (14.9 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. As a senior team captain in 2003, Troupe was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and received first-team All-American honors from ESPN, Rivals.com and Sports Illustrated. He was also one of the three finalists for the John Mackey Award, recognizing the nation's best college tight end in 2003.
The Tennessee Titans selected Troupe in the second round (fortieth choice overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played tight end for the Titans from 2004 to 2007, and was nicknamed "Troupe Scadoop" by his Titans teammates. During his four seasons with the Titans, he made 106 receptions for 1,056 yards and seven touchdowns.
Troupe signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 6, 2008. He was released on September 16, after Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens returned from suspension. Three days after his release from the Buccaneers, Troupe was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury on October 21, and released by the Raiders on November 17.
Life after football
Troupe is currently a regular weekly guest on B.J. Bennett's "Afternoon Drive" radio show on Wednesdays between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The show is broadcast on ESPN Radio 103.7 FM – 790 AM from Brunswick, Georgia.
- 2003 College Football All-America Team
- History of the Tennessee Titans
- List of Florida Gators football All-Americans
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- Pro-Football-reference.com, Players, Ben Troupe. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Ben Troupe. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- Gatorzone.com, Football History, 2003 Roster, Ben Troupe. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 89, 97, 101, 143–145, 186 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2004 National Football League Draft. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Ben Troupe. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.