Patriots receiver Wes Welker, recipient of the 2003 Mosi Tatupu Award, presented annually to college football's Special Teams Player of the Year, on Tatupu's passing (courtesy of the team):
"Mosi Tatupu was one of the first truly great special teams players. He set the stage for a lot of us to follow. It was an honor to win a special teams award in his name back in 2003 and then have the opportunity to meet him here in New England. As a Patriot, I have learned even more about the impact that Mosi had on this franchise and in this community. He will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family."