Mitch Hoopes

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Mitch Hoopes
No. 9, 10, 12, 17
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-07-08) July 8, 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth: Bisbee, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Benson (AZ)
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
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Mitchell Kent Hoopes (born July 8, 1953) 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, 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 in exchange for an eight-round draft choice in the 1977 NFL draft.[3]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Hoopes was released in mid season in 1976, after averaging 38.8 yards per punt.

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.[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] 1979 Worked for Thom McAnn as assistant manager at south coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California