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Brady Poppinga

Brady Poppinga

Team Number: 51
Birth Date: 09/21/1979
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 247lbs.
Position: Linebacker
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Brady Paul Poppinga was born in Evanston, Wyoming on September 21, 1979. He attended Evanston High School where he lettered three years in football and basketball and four years in track. Brady was an all-state selection at both linebacker and tight end. Brady Poppinga was named both 4-A lineman and Wyoming Athlete of the Year as a senior while leading the team to a 9-1 record and a 4-A state title.

After graduating from Evanston Brady Poppinga took a two-year break from school to serve a Mormon mission in Uruguay, South America. When Poppinga got back he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He played in all 12 games of the 2001 season at defensive end. Brady recorded 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and one pass defended on the season. During the 2002 season Poppinga played in all 12 games and started in 2 of them. He led the conference with eight sacks and was named to the first-team All-MWC. Brady also received an award for being the top defensive lineman on the BYU Cougars. In 2003 Brady started all 12 games at defensive end. He led the team and finished seventh in the conference with six sacks. Once again Brady Poppinga earned All-MWC honors. In 2004 Poppinga again started ever game. He finished third on the team with 79 tackles. He also had six sacks and one forced fumble during his senior year. For the third year in a row he was selected for first-team All-MWC honors.

On April 24, 2005 Brady Poppinga was selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. During training camp Poppinga suffered a hamstring injury. He missed three preseason games and was unable to compete for a starting position at outside linebacker for the 2005 NFL season. Poppinga never started at linebacker in 2005 but he saw a lot of playing time towards the end of the season due to injuries suffered by the starting players and because of his ability as a pass-rusher. Brady’s season was cut short by an ACL tear on December 11 in a game against the Detroit Lions. He received surgery for the injury on December 26. Brady Poppinga got the starting position despite not being able to participate very much in training camp. He started as the strong side linebacker in the 2006 season opener. The Packers signed Poppinga to an extension on July 24, 2008 that goes through the 2012 season. The terms of the contract were not shown.

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