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Tripp Welborne
Date of birth: November 20, 1968 (1968-11-20) (age 41)
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 in Reidsville, North Carolina) is a former professional American football defensive back who played safety for one season for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.

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]




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