Tripp Welborne
Date of birth: (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth: Reidsville, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Safety
College: University of Michigan
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 7 / Pick 180
 As player:
1992 Minnesota Vikings
Playing stats at

Sullivan Anthony "Tripp" Welborne (born November 20, 1968) is a former professional American football defensive back who played safety for one season for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He currently works as Athletic Director at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Playing defense for the University of Michigan Wolverines,[1] he was a hard-hitting back who also handled punt returns. The Greensboro, NC, native was a two-time consensus All-American (1989, 1990) selection. Welborne recorded 238 tackles in his three years in the defensive secondary and returned 67 punts for 773 yards. During his senior year (1990), Welborne set a single-season record for punt return yardage with 455. Welborne moved from wide receiver to defensive back after his freshman year and intercepted nine passes during his career.[2] He played on three Big Ten Conference championship teams (1988–90), and the Wolverines compiled a record of 36-11-1, with three top ten finishes during his career at Michigan. Welborne was also named All-Big Ten Conference in 1989 and 1990.[3]

Welborne was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (180th pick) of the 1991 NFL Draft, ahead of notable players such as Shawn Jefferson and Keenan McCardell.[4] Welborne appeared in two games for the Vikings during the 1992 season, his only season in the NFL.[5]


  1. "COLLEGE FOOTBALL: MIDWEST; Michigan Edges Michigan State". The New York Times. October 15, 1989. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  2. "University of Michigan Football All-American: Tripp Welborne." Bentley Historical Library - University of Michigan Athletics History. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  3. "U of M Football." Bentley Historical Library - University of Michigan Athletics History. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. "1991 NFL Draft." Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. "Tripp Welborne." Retrieved March 21, 2014.


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