|Date of birth:||February 29, 1968|
|Place of birth:||Jefferson, Iowa|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Scranton (IA)|
|NFL draft:||1990 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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).
Paup grew up on a farm in Scranton, Iowa, where he played football at Scranton High School.
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. Paup was not fined by the league for the hit but 17 years later the NFL would adopt new rules after a similar hit sidelined Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (2008).
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. Paup has been considered one of the top 50 players in Bills history. NFL Total Access listed him as one of the Top 10 free agents of all time.
Paup was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Post NFL Career
On March 19, 2007, Paup was introduced as the head football coach at Green Bay Southwest High School. 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.
Paup lives in Cedar Falls, IA, with his wife Denise. They have six children: Alex, Nathan, Rachel, Hailey, and twins Paige and Lauren.
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- Pro-Football-Reference.com: For single seasons, from 1990 to 1999, sorted by descending Sacks.
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- "Bryce Paup reportedly coming back to UNI to coach". wcfcourier.com. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
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