Andre Tippett of the New England Patriots, a Jewish Sports Hall of Famer.

Andre Bernard Tippett, the New England Patriots’ former linebacker in the NFL, and now its Executive Director for Community Affairs, had been awarded the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame last April 26, 2009.
Originally a Baptist, Andre converted to Judaism when he got married to Rhonda Kenney in 1997. Today, they already have three daughters namely Jenea, Asia and Madison, and a son, named Coby.
Tippett had spent his entire 12-year career with the Patriots, where he had received plenty of honors and awards, for himself and for the team as well. Formerly selected by the Patriots in the 2nd round of the 1982 NFL Draft, Tippett had been chosen to five Pro Bowls in his career, where he recorded as 4th among all the linebackers in history of the league- having 100 sacks in 151 games, with an average of 0.662 sacks per game. Tippett was also awarded the AFC’s Linebacker of the Year by the NFL Players Association for the 1885 till the 1987 seasons. Andre was also named to the NFL Films All-Pro team in 1984, the Newspaper Enterprise Association co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1985, and the UPI AFL-AFC Defensive Player of the Year, also in 1985. Aside from being a pro football player, Tippett is also a licensed Godan/5th degree black belter.

The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located at Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y., is devoted to acknowledge and honor exceptional Jewish individuals who outshines in the field of sports. The Hall of Fame aims to remind us that in this world where racism and discrimination is still inescapable, in terms of sports- everything and everyone are equal.

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