Van Tiffin

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Van Tiffin
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Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-09-06) September 6, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth: Tupelo, Mississippi
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High school: Red Bay (AL)
College: Alabama
Undrafted: 1987
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

Van Tiffin (born September 6, 1965) is a former American football placekicker.

Early life and education[edit]

Van Leigh Tiffin, called Van, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He attended local schools, attracting notice for his football ability in high school.

College career[edit]

Tiffin attended the University of Alabama where he was the Alabama Crimson Tide's primary placekicker from 1983-1986. He holds the school record for longest converted field goal, with a successful 57-yard attempt against Texas A&M in 1985. He held the school record for converting 135 extra point attempts until his son, Leigh Tiffin, broke it in 2009 by one; Van never missed, however, going 135 for 135, while Leigh required 142 attempts.[1]

Tiffin's most notable kick came in the 1985 Iron Bowl against in-state rival Auburn. His 52-yard field goal lifted the Crimson Tide to a 25–23 victory as time expired. It has become part of Alabama lore, known mainly as "the kick."[citation needed]

In 1986, Tiffin was named to the College Football All-America Team.

Professional career[edit]

Tiffin spent one season in the National Football League, with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Personal life[edit]

After spending one season in the NFL, he returned home to work for Tiffin Motorhomes, a company founded by his father. He is currently the R&D manager for the company, and resides in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

His son Leigh was a walk-on kicker at Alabama before receiving a scholarship as the team's main placekicker.


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