American Football Database
Joe Tafoya
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-09-06) September 6, 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth: Pittsburg, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Debuted in 2001 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Joseph Peter Tafoya (born September 6, 1978) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played seven seasons as a defensive end/linebacker before injuring his foot in training camp of 2008, upon which he retired. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2001 NFL Draft by Tony Dungy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Injured in the first pre-season game of his professional career with an ankle fracture, he was released on injury waivers and picked up by the Chicago Bears. He spent three seasons with the Chicago Bears and appeared in the NFC Championship game where he recorded three tackles.

Tafoya was picked up as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. He appeared in the 2005 Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was then picked up as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and released after he suffered a career ending injury during the 2008 training camp. Upon retirement he co-founded Viva Media, a Mobile Entertainment company.