Joe Tofflemire
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-07-07)July 7, 1965
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Date of death: September 27, 2011(2011-09-27) (aged 46)
Place of death: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Career information
College: University of Arizona
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Debuted in 1989 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1994 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Games played     33
Games started     16
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Stats at

Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Tofflemire (July 7, 1965 – September 27, 2011) was a Center in the National Football League who played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Tofflemire was born in Los Angeles, California. He was a 1989 graduate of The University of Arizona and was a Playboy All-American and College Football News (CFN) All American in 1988. Tofflemire started all 16 games for the Seahawks in the 1992 season. Tofflemire was hurt the following year and was ultimately replaced by Ray Donaldson as the starter.

Tofflemire grew up in Post Falls, Idaho, as one of eight siblings born to John and Anna Tofflemire. He was a 1984 graduate of Post Falls High School where he was a three-year letterman in both track and football and was named to the All State teams being named the Offensive Lineman of the year his senior year. In high school, he was an All Intermountain League First Team kicker his junior and senior seasons. He kicked a 44 yard field goal his junior year in a State Playoff game versus Bishop Kelly which at that time was an Idaho high school state record. He was moved up to the varsity team his freshman year as a kicker. He wore a size 14, black Spotbilt square toe kicking boot and was given the name "Joe the Toe" by assistant coach Steve Long during a practice session. The nickname stuck, and throughout his life he was referred to by former high school, college and pro teammates simply as "Toe". With a powerful leg, he could regularly kick the football through the uprights on kickoffs.

Personal lifeEdit

Tofflemire had two sons.


He died September 27, 2011, aged 46, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home.[1] According to his brother Paul, the cause of death was heart failure.[2]

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