Happy Leapin’ Birthday, Bryce Paup

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To celebrate Leap Day, we’re wishing a Happy Birthday to former NFL linebacker/defensive end Bryce Paup.  Both on February 29, 1968, Paup turns 44 today.  Or 11, if you only count the number of actual birthdays he’s had.

The Packers selected Paup in the 6th round of the 1990 NFL Draft.  He spent five seasons in Green Bay before joining the Buffalo Bills.  In 1995 Paup recorded 17.5 sacks for Buffalo and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  He was selected to the Pro Bowl for four consecutive seasons (1994-1997), and ended his 10 year career with the Vikings in 2000.

Here’s a look back at Paup in his Defensive Player of the Year Award winning season of 1995, as originally presented in that year’s Bills’ highlight film.

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