He was the 9th overall pick in the 1949 NFL Draft. However, he never played a game with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tripucka was traded during the preseason to the Detroit Lions. He played one season with the Lions.
He appeared in 75 games, including 56 starts. He was 17-34-1 as a starter.
Tripucka, who was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, went 879 of 1,745 for 10,282 yards. He had 69 touchdown passes and 124 interceptions.
The best season of his career came with the Broncos in 1960. He went 248 of 478 for 3,038 yards with 24 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions.
The best game of his career came on Sept. 15, 1962. He went 29 of 56 for 447 yards in a win over the Buffalo Bills. Tripucka also had two touchdown passes and three interceptions in the game.
He was an AFL All-Star in 1960. Tripucka has had his No. 18 retired by the Broncos. Also, he is a part of the Broncos Ring of Fame.
With a minimum of 1,500 passing attempts, he has the worst career quarterback rating at 52.2.
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