I (respectfully) implore Mr Kraft to retire a jersey of a running back, who in thirteen seasons started 22 total games and rushed for 18 TDs. Who in his Pro Bowl year averaged 4.4 yards…per game. Here’s more than 30 reasons:
1. He was the heart of the Patriots during both some of the best and the worst of times.
2. He stayed in the area after his playing days (even one year with the Los Angeles Rams didn't lure him to the West Coast) and coached at an area high school and college.
3. His mustache was awesome.
4. We’ve signed 20% percent of all Mosi Tatupu Award winners.
5. He served as a great example to quintessential Patriots like Wes Welker and Troy Brown with his inspired special teams play.
6. He’d win hands down in a fan-favorite poll, no question. If he were playing today do you know how many pink #30 jerseys the Pro Shop would sell? (sidebar: not a shabby idea)
7. If we needed 100 yards we would go elsewhere but the 100 times when we needed one yard it was always Mosi. He always fought and got it.
8. His fan club “Mosi’s Mooses” was not grammatically correct and nobody dared to tell them.
9. He was tougher than the metal benches in Foxboro. Perhaps he was the model for Metalocalypse’s William Murderface?
10. He wasn’t a dick or a Vick.
11. Brandon McGowan is wearing it now.
12. USC coach John McKay said that tackling Mosi was like “tackling a Coke machine.”
13. Show me a Patriots fan who also doesn’t pull for Lofa Tatupu and I’ll show you a chowderhead.
14-43. He was one of the first American Samoans to play in the NFL and now each male of American Samoan descent is 56-times more likely to end up in the NFL than non-American Samoans. Take it away NPR: when Tatupu and UCLA defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo carved out extended careers starting in the late 1970s, they helped establish a stream of talented players who trace their lineage to the island of just 65,000 people. In fact, there are currently nearly 30 such players in the league.
Mosi, you will be missed. Thanks for everything.