General: Two-year letterwinner ... Started final 24 games of career at left offensive guard ... Missed nearly two years with injuries before becoming a regular starter in 2005 ... Key player up front for the 'Cats.
2006: Co-recipient of team's Randy Walker Wildcat Award (given for work ethic, toughness and attitude of a warrior) ... Starter at left guard ... One of two fifth-year seniors on the offensive line.
2005: Fourth-year player ... Starting left guard ... Started all 12 games ... Played a key role in Northwestern's record-setting offensive season.
2004: Saw limited action at offensive guard.
2003: Unable to play due to lingering injuries.
2002: Did not see action.
High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest Region ... An all-state athlete in both football and track and field (shot put) ... Named an all-state offensive lineman by the Associated Press ... Also named to Detroit News "Dream Team" ... Ranked as the 23rd-best player in Michigan by the Detroit News ... One of six finalists for Michigan High School Athlete of the Year ... 2002 Division 2 state champion in the shot put (60 feet, six inches) ... Won shot put at 2002 Midwest meet of champions ... 2001 Division 2 state champion in the shot put (58 feet) and runner-up in the discus (175 feet) ... Three-time all-conference football selection and all-area as a junior and senior ... Helped lead football team to a career record of 30-4 (started all 34 games) ... Teams went 9-2, 11-1 and 10-1, respectively ... Selected to play in Michigan's East-West All-Star game ... Also lettered in basketball (10 ppg, 10 rpg) ... Member of Honor Roll ... American Legion School Award ... Coached by Brad Bush.
Personal: Born Joseph Anthony Tripodi on 3/4/84 ... Grandson of Jesse and Marge Coburn ... Chose NU over Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana ... Communication studies major.
The Tripodi File
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Enjoy everything that you have because you never know when it will be taken away from you
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is ...
A: Listening to heavy metal and getting "in the zone"
Q: The best thing about NU is ...
A: My teammates
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already already made, which movie would you pick?
Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is ...
A: Penn State
Q: The best book I have ever read is ...
A: "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" by H.G. Bissinger
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be ...
A: Scoring a touchdown
Q: My favorite place to visit is ...
A: The Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas
Q: The person that inspires me the most is ...
A: My grandfather, Jesse Coburn
Q: My favorite food is ...
A: Prime Rib
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to b e...
A: John Elway
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you like it to be?
A: Be able to rock out on the guitar
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
A: A full scholarship to NU