DARRYL TAPP BIOGRAPHY
With two years under his belt as a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Darryl Tapp is still making an impact in the NFL and his community.While working on honing his craft on the gridiron he is able to touch the community through the philanthropic efforts of the Tapp Family Foundation. Darryl has given well over $500,000.00 to community programs and non profits since he signed his first contract with the Seattle Seahawks five years ago. In June of 2007 he held his first fundraiser “The Darryl Tapp Gentlemen’s Expo”. Not only did he raise money for Hampton Roads Charities (Food Bank, Children’s Harbor, Chesapeake Health Foundation & Virginia Tech Alumni), he also recognized three distinguished gentlemen of Hampton Roads and named William Fuller of Fulco Development as The Gentleman of the Year followed by John Lawson of WM Jordan as the 2008 Gentleman of the Year!
Pro CareerSelected with the 31st pick in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Only second player chosen from Virginia Tech in club history (Ike Charlton, 2000). Fourth defensive end selected since 2002.2007: Started all 16 regular-season games, recording 50 tackles (42 solo), 7.0 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Started first-career game at right defensive end totaling four tackles (two solo), .5 sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass defensed vs. Tampa Bay (9/9). Collected three tackles (two solo), a sack, four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble while limiting 49ers' passers to a 22.7 rating at San Francisco (9/30). Vs. St. Louis (10/21), tied a club record with four sacks. Also had two passes defensed and a forced fumble while playing the entire second half with cast after fracturing his hand during the game. Had three stops and second-career interception the following week at Cleveland (11/4). Recovered first fumble of the season and had one stop vs. San Francisco (11/12). Tied career high with five tackles (three solo), posted one sack and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble at Chicago (11/18). At St. Louis (11/25), recorded four solo stops and one forced fumble. Also had the clinching tackle on a goal line stand while facing fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the last seconds of the game. Started both postseason games, recording eight tackles (six solo).2006: Played in all 16 games in first NFL season. Finished season with 23 tackles, 3.0 sacks, one interception for a touchdown, one forced fumble and nine special teams stops. Registered first NFL sack versus Arizona (9/17) and collected his second the following week versus New York Giants (9/24). Posted career-high four tackles, forced a fumble, and had a sack on Monday Night Football versus Green Bay (11/27). Recorded his first-career interception and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown at Denver (12/3). Tied career-high with four tackles versus San Francisco (12/14). Played in both postseason games, registering four tackles.College CareerPlayed in 53 games during four seasons at Virginia Tech. Recorded 187 tackles, 23.5 sacks and 38 tackles for loss. Named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and was given the Dudley Award as the top Division I player in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a senior, played in all 13 games, posted 48 tackles, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles. as a senior. As a junior, started all 13 games, registering 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. Given the Presidents' Award, given for outstanding leadership, following spring practice. Played in every game sophomore year. Played in all 14 games as a freshman, recording 19 tackles. Scored the game's first touchdown against Virginia, scooping up a blocked punt and returning it 11 yards for the score.High School CareerRecorded 22 career sacks helping Deep Creek High School (Chesapeake, VA) to a 34-4 record during his three varsity seasons. Earned first-team All-Group AAA honors from the state coaches following the 2001 season. Was a second-team pick by the Associated Press. Named first-team All-Southeastern District, All-Tidewater and All-Eastern Region. Posted 89 stops during senior season, including a school-record 15 sacks. Selected an All-American and rated the number two defensive lineman in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar following his senior season and posted eight quarterback sacks. Earned first-team all-district honors helping team to the state championship game as a junior and to a regional championship in 2001. Lettered three seasons in basketball. Also lettered as a weight man in track. Personal Born Darryl Anthony Tapp on 9/13/84 in Portsmouth, VA. Son of Charles, Sr., and Ruth Tapp. Majored in marketing. Darryl Tapp and his business team are definitely on the move in his hometown of Hampton Roads and Philadelphia and are poised to become a community leader on many different levels, never to forget where they have come from and staying humbly grateful with all that he has been blessed with!
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