Canadian Football League

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bombers looking to new personal for next Canadian football League season

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today the arrival of linebacker Joseph Tuipala into camp.
Tuipala (6-0, 235, San Diego State '99 DOB: Sept. 13, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) most recently played for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe, where he was assigned by the Washington Redskins. He had 44 tackles, including 37 solo tackles, with the Centurions as well as three passes defended and one forced fumble.
"Joe is a hard-nosed, athletic linebacker," Bombers General Manager Brendan Taman said. "He brings a high-intensity, play-making ability to our linebacking corps."
A graduate of San Diego State, he signed as a free agent with the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1999. He was later assigned to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe for the 2000 season.
After a stint with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL in 2001, Tuipala was signed by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He led the Jags in special teams tackles in 2001 and 2002.
Tuipala spent the 2003 season on the Jaguars' injured reserve list. He subsequently signed with the Redskins on Jan. 22, 2005.
The Honolulu native was a collegiate standout at San Diego State. He recorded 271 tackles, five sacks and one touchdown with San Diego and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl.


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