Bryce Paup

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Bryce Paup
Northern Iowa Panthers
Position:Defensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1968-02-29) February 29, 1968 (age 51)
Jefferson, Iowa
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Scranton (IA)
College:Northern Iowa
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Bryce Eric Paup (born February 29, 1968) is a former American football player who played as an outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers (1990–94), the Buffalo Bills (1995–97), the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998–99), and the Minnesota Vikings (2000 and 2002).

Early life[edit]

Paup grew up on a farm in Scranton, Iowa, where he played football at Scranton High School.

He played collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa, and was selected by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Professional career[edit]

In the first game of the 1991 season, Paup was involved in a tackle that sidelined Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, ending Cunningham's season. The tackle was below the waist and right at Cunningham's knee which ruined Cunningham's 1991 season.

In 1995, his first season with the Buffalo Bills, Paup was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Paup led the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the fourth-highest single-season total of the 1990s.[1] Paup has been considered one of the top 50 players in Bills history.[2] NFL Total Access listed him as one of the Top 10 free agents of all time.[3]

Paup was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Coaching career[edit]

On March 19, 2007, Paup was introduced as the head football coach at Green Bay Southwest High School.[4] He compiled a 22-14 regular season record in his first four seasons, and in 2009 secured the second playoff victory in school history. He is also on the Packers' Board of Directors. Prior to accepting the job, he was an assistant volunteer football coach for the De Pere High School Redbirds of De Pere, Wisconsin for three years, working primarily with the linemen and linebackers.

On March 5, 2013, Paup resigned from Green Bay Southwest and began his first season as the defensive line coach at the University of Northern Iowa.[5]

January 14, 2017, Paup was named University of Minnesota's defensive line coach. After one season with the Gophers, Paup left the Minnesota coaching staff, reportedly to pursue a coaching opportunity in the NFL.[6]

In August 2018, he returned to the University of Northern Iowa defensive line coach.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Paup lives in Cedar Falls, IA, with his wife Denise. They have six children: Alex, Nathan, Rachel, Hailey, and twins Paige and Lauren.[8]


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  2. ^ Jun, Kurupt (June 11, 2009). "Top 50 All-Time Bills, No. 42: LB Bryce Paup". Buffalo Rumblings. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Video: Top 10 free agents all-time". NFL Total Access.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Bryce Paup reportedly coming back to UNI to coach". March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "West in, Paup reportedly out as Gophers football coaching changes continue". Star Tribune. February 7, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "UNI football: Relationships, expertise driving force in Bryce Paup's return to Panthers".
  8. ^ "Bryce Paup Bio". May 7, 2013. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.