New England Patriots Andre Tippett to Be Enshrined in the NFL's Hall of Fame!

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJuly 31, 2008

Andre Tippett will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this Saturday and the Hall is better for it!

Andre Tippett along with Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks of the NY Giants defined what the outside linebacker position is for the NFL even today. 

Andre Tippett is a very smart stand up guy who holds a black belt in Karate, never has anything bad to say about anyone and is still one of the toughest SOBs ever to wear an NFL Uniform.

Yesterday at the New England Patriots Training Camp, Owner Bob Kraft and Head Coach Bill Belichick invited Andre Tippet first to the Patriots private team meeting where he was congratulated on the honor by the players and coaches. 

Tippett was then asked to lead the players onto the field in front of all the fans and owner Bob Kraft for a final public send off.

Bob Kraft was asked by Andre Tippett to present him in the induction ceremony, hoping that this would interest Kraft to get involved in Canton with the hopes of him being enshrined in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame himself someday. 

"There is a good reason why no one wears No. 56 around here, and that's because he wore it," said Tedy Bruschi. "That number will never be touched again. We all wanted to let him know how proud we were of him, and how special this weekend is for him. We hope he has a great time."

Andre Tippett is a member of the NFL's ALL Decade Team for the 1980s.  He had 35 sacks in two consecutive season, the most by any linebacker in NFL History.  He had five straight Pro-Bowl appearances and played his whole career, 1982-1993, with the New England Patriots.

Andre Tippett currently is the New England Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs.

Congratulations Andre, you deserve that yellow jacket!