Tristan Wirfs
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Wirfs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021
No. 78 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-24) January 24, 1999 (age 23)
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Vernon, IA
College:Iowa (2017–2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2022
Games played:38
Games started:38
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Tristan Wirfs (born January 24, 1999) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa.

High school career

Wirfs played high school football at Mount Vernon High School, where he also excelled in wrestling and track and field.[1] He won the state discus throw as a sophomore, and Iowa State and Iowa Hawkeyes both offered Wirfs scholarships within the next month.[2] He committed to Iowa in winter of his junior year in December 2015,[3] and was a four-star recruit.[4] During his senior year of high school, Wirfs helped Mount Vernon to a state semifinal appearance in football, was named an Army All-American for football, won a state wrestling title in winter after cutting 30 pounds, and won the discus for the third straight year and shot put for the second straight year in spring at the Iowa state track-and-field championship meet. He was honored by the Des Moines Register as the best boys prep athlete in the state.[5]

College career

As a true freshman, Wirfs started seven games at right tackle,[6] becoming the first true freshman to start at offensive tackle in the Kirk Ferentz era.[7] Through the season, he worked on being more aggressive against defenders.[8]

Before his sophomore season, Wirfs was suspended for the season-opening game against Northern Illinois for an OWI arrest in late July.[6] After his sophomore season, Wirfs broke the Hawkeyes hang clean record held by Brandon Scherff, setting the new mark at 450 pounds. He also said a focus of his junior season would be to translate his weight room exploits to the field.[9] An injury during spring practice caused Wirfs to miss a few weeks of practice.[10] Following his junior season where he was selected to the First Team All Big Ten and named the conference lineman of the year, Wirfs announced that he would forgo his final season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[11]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 4+78 in
(1.95 m)
320 lb
(145 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.85 s 4.68 s 7.65 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
24 reps 23
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Wirfs was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round with the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[13]

2020 season

As a rookie, Wirfs started all 16 games in the 2020 season, only allowing 1 sack to Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears in Week 5.[14] Wirfs played and started all four games in the Buccaneers' playoff run that resulted in the team winning Super Bowl LV.[15][16]

2021 season

Wirfs started all 17 games for the Buccaneers, before suffering an ankle injury in the Wild Card round of the playoffs that kept him out the remainder of the Buccaneers' 2021 season. After another strong year performance wise Wirfs was named to his 1st career Pro Bowl, as well as garnered a 1st-Team All-Pro selection.

References

  1. ^ Johnson, Jeff (November 16, 2018). "Tristan Wirfs grew up smiling, and Mount Vernon smiled back". The Gazette. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Southard, Dargan (April 27, 2017). "Throwing success underlines Tristan Wirfs' athletic dominance". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Southard, Dargan (October 11, 2018). "Iowa football: Barely a year into starting, Tristan Wirfs gaining steam on Hawkeyes' offensive line". Hawk Central. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Dochterman, Scott (April 14, 2019). "Tristan Wirfs, remarkable strength and breaking Iowa's unbreakable record". The Athletic. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Southard, Dragan (June 24, 2017). "Mount Vernon's Tristan Wirfs dominant from start to finish". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Rittenberg, Adam (July 31, 2018). "Iowa O-lineman Tristan Wirfs second Hawkeye suspended for Northern Illinois game". ESPN. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Feldman, Bruce (July 12, 2019). "Bruce Feldman's 2019 college football Freaks List". The Athletic. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  8. ^ Morehouse, Marc (August 20, 2018). "Iowa offensive line: Tristan Wirfs is not afraid to throw down". The Gazette. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Batterson, Steve (April 11, 2019). "Tristan Wirfs' success for Iowa football stems from the weight room". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Iowa's Big A.J. and Little A.J. locked in the eternal 'steel sharpens steel' struggle". The Gazette. April 26, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs, likely 1st-rounder, entering NFL draft". ESPN.com. January 15, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Tristan Wirfs Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  13. ^ Owens, Jason (April 23, 2020). "Bucs trade up with 49ers for No. 13 pick, select Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Tristan Wirfs 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 7, 2017). "What we learned from Buccaneers win over Chiefs in Super Bowl LV". NFL.com. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  16. ^ "Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – February 7th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 11, 2021.