Bryce Paup

Bryce Paup
No. 95
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-02-29) February 29, 1968
Place of birth: Jefferson, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Scranton (IA)
College: Northern Iowa
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 6 / Pick: 159
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 545
Sacks: 75.0
Interceptions: 6
Player stats at

Bryce Eric Paup (born February 29, 1968) is a former American football player who played as an outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers (1990–94), the Buffalo Bills (1995–97), the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998–99), and the Minnesota Vikings (2000 and 2002).


Paup grew up on a farm in Scranton, Iowa, where he played football at Scranton High School.

He played collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa, and was selected by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Professional football

In the first game of the 1991 season, Paup was involved in a tackle that sidelined Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, ending Cunningham's season. The tackle was below the waist and right at Cunningham's knee which ruined Cunningham's 1991 season.

In 1995, his first season with the Buffalo Bills, Paup was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Paup led the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the fourth-highest single-season total of the 1990s.[1] Paup has been considered one of the top 50 players in Bills history.[2] NFL Total Access listed him as one of the Top 10 free agents of all time.[3]

Paup was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Post NFL career

On March 19, 2007, Paup was introduced as the head football coach at Green Bay Southwest High School.[4] He compiled a 22-14 regular season record in his first four seasons, and in 2009 secured the second playoff victory in school history. He is also on the Packers' Board of Directors. Prior to accepting the job, he was an assistant volunteer football coach for the De Pere High School Redbirds of De Pere, Wisconsin for three years, working primarily with the linemen and linebackers.

On March 5, 2013, Paup resigned at Green Bay Southwest and is entering his first season as the defensive line coach at the University of Northern Iowa.[5]

Paup lives in Cedar Falls, IA, with his wife Denise. They have six children: Alex, Nathan, Rachel, Hailey, and twins Paige and Lauren.[6]


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