He bought himself a snub-nosed football shoe in the ninth grade to further his ambitions as a kicker. So, instantly — and forever...
He bought himself a snub-nosed football shoe in the ninth grade to further his ambitions as a kicker. So, instantly — and forever — Joe Tofflemire was known as “Toe.”
But he grew into a complete player — one of the most honored college linemen in Pac-10 history, a second-round NFL draft pick — and, to his family and friends, a complete inspiration.
Tofflemire, 46, died Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls home.The former Seattle Seahawks center was 46.
Tofflemire was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection at center as a freshman at Arizona, and a three-time first-team selection. He won the Morris Trophy as a senior as the league’s outstanding offensive lineman.
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The Seahawks made him the 44th selection in the 1989 draft. His injury-plagued NFL career lasted until 1995.
Tofflemire returned to Post Falls five years ago after the death of his father, John, to help care for his mother, Anna.
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