83 Days: A Look Back At Bennie Joppru

With 83 days left until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we recognize Bennie Joppru. The 6 foot-4 North Dakota native was a tight end with success at Michigan and the NFL for five seasons. Below are his highlights and achievements during his playing career:


  • Was captain in 2002.
  • He was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team.
  • In his career at Michigan, Joppru had 85 receptions for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.


  • He was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
  • He has played for three teams during his five year professional career.
  • Houston Texans (2003–2006)
    Chicago Bears (2006)
    Seattle Seahawks (2006–2008)

He he has some tough competition from Jake Butt to beat his single season tight end record at Michigan. Last season, Butt caught 51 passes, two shy of Bennie Joppru’s single-season record for a Michigan tight end, and his 654 yards receiving ranked third in university history for players at his position.

Go Blue!

David Noe