Bennie Joppru

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Bennie Joppru
No. 83, 47
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1980-01-05) January 5, 1980 (age 38)
Dickinson, North Dakota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Minnetonka (MN)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Benjamin Paul Joppru[1] (born January 5, 1980) is a former American football tight end. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan. In addition to the Texans, he has played for the Seattle Seahawks in his career.

College career[edit]

In 2002, during his senior season at Michigan, Joppru caught 53 passes, setting single season school record for tight ends. For his efforts, he was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team.[2] In his career at Michigan, Joppru had 85 receptions for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Bears signed him to their practice squad on October 10, 2006, after the Texans cut him with the intent to sign him to their practice squad. However, in November 2006, the Seattle Seahawks signed Joppru off of the Bears' practice squad.


Joppru's father, Sheldon played in the World Football League for the Shreveport Steamer and the Detroit Wheels. His brother, J. J., played defensive line at Fullerton College before going to the University of Arizona. Another brother, Chris, was the starting tight end for the undefeated 2008 Utah Utes football team.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Joppru on Pro-Football-Reference". Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  2. ^ MGoBlue: Associated Press All-Americans Archived May 11, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.

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