Sean Tufts

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Sean Tufts
Tufts v. Tampa Bay 2005.jpg
Tufts v. Tampa Bay 2005
Date of birth (1982-03-26) March 26, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Aurora, Colorado
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College Colorado
NFL draft 2004 / Round: 6 / Pick 196
Career history
As player
2004–2006 Carolina Panthers
Career stats

Sean Tufts (born March 26, 1982 in Aurora, Colorado) is a former American football linebacker in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers.

University of Colorado Football 2000–2003[edit]

Tufts v. UCLA 2003

At the University of Colorado, Tufts was the starting middle linebacker from 2001–2003. Including the 2001 Big 12 Championship season. His senior year, Tufts was voted Captain and was placed on the Butkus Award watch list.[citation needed] He averaged 8 tackles per game and finished the 2003 season with 95 tackles.[1] In 2004, Tufts was drafted in the 6th round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina Panthers Football 2004–2006[edit]

Tufts was the 196th pick overall, taken by the Carolina Panthers, in the 2004 NFL Draft. He was used sparingly in 2004, playing in the season's final three games. In 2005, he backed up Pro Bowler Dan Morgan and played on special teams. Knee injuries forced Tufts to the sidelines for the 2006 season. Over his career Tufts played in 18 games for the Panthers and totaled 16 career tackles, with one recovered fumble.[2]


After retiring from the NFL in 2006, Tufts returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder to pursue his Master of Business Administration at the university's Leeds School of Business. There, Tufts majored in Energy and Finance, and was voted class president[3] and was the Director of the Net Impact Case Competition.[4] While pursuing his MBA, Tufts joined the Ralphie Handlers, a group responsible for leading Ralphie the Buffalo, the Colorado Buffaloes' mascot onto the field before every Colorado home football game.[5] Tufts was the first and only former CU football player to run Ralphie.[6]

Currently[when?], Tufts is working in the wind industry as a development manager for RES Americas, based in Broomfield, Colorado.[3] In late 2011, Tufts, along with former Colorado teammate Jeremy Bloom, was selected to Forbes' inaugural "30 Under 30" Energy List, a list of 30 entrepreneurs in the energy sector under age 30.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On June 26, 2010, Tufts married the former Orly Ripmaster, a former soccer and lacrosse player at Harvard University (, in Vail, Colorado.