Vinnie Sunseri
New England Patriots
Position:Running backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1991-10-25) October 25, 1991 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Northridge
(Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 167
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Vincent Salvatore Sunseri (born October 25, 1991) is a former American football safety who is currently a runnings backs coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama and in addition served as a graduate assistant at the university in 2019.

High school career

Sunseri began his career at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina.[1] As a junior, he made 107 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, and five interceptions, while also rushing for 305 yards and three touchdowns. He moved to Northridge High School in January 2010; as a senior he recorded 144 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.[2]

Considered a four-star recruit by, Sunseri was listed as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the nation in 2011.[3]

College career

As a freshman in 2011, Sunseri was second on the team with 11 special teams tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage. He has 31 total tackles to rank eighth on the team. He also plays on the punt return team and has recorded several attention-grabbing blocks. Against Kent State, he set a career-high with six tackles, including three solo stops. Along with fellow freshman Trey DePriest, he registered several big hits on kickoff coverage. He also saw time at safety in the 48-7 win. He was selected as the coaches' Special Teams Player of the Week. Against Penn State, he did not have a tackle but was named a Special Teams Player of the Week with excellent coverage on the kickoff team and blocking on punt return. Against North Texas, he recorded another big tackle night with six stops split between special teams and safety. Sunseri had three solo tackles against the Mean Green. Against Arkansas, he assisted on two tackles in the win against the Razorbacks. Against Florida, he was named a Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. He recorded two solo tackles and forced a fumble. Against Ole Miss, Sunseri was once again named a Special Teams Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff. He totaled six tackles, including four solo stops, against the Rebels. Against Tennessee, he totaled two tackles, including a solo stop. He recovered his first career fumble in the win against the Volunteers. Against Georgia Southern, he was named one of the Alabama coaching staff's Special Teams Players of the Week. He recorded one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. Against Auburn, Sunseri tied a career-high with six tackles, including four solo stops. He recorded a quarterback hurry against the Tigers. He played significant time at safety in the second half against the Tigers.

NFL playing career

New Orleans Saints

Sunseri was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round, 167th overall, in the 2014 NFL Draft. On May 16, 2014, Sunseri signed a four-year contract with the Saints.[4] On November 12, 2014, Sunseri was placed on injured reserve with an arm injury.[5] On September 1, 2015, he was waived.[6]

On September 2, 2015, after clearing waivers, Sunseri was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[7] On April 25, 2016, he was released.[8]

New England Patriots

On July 24, 2016, Sunseri was signed by the New England Patriots.[9] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts.[10] On September 6, 2016, Sunseri signed to the Patriots' practice squad.[11] He was released by the Patriots on October 24, 2016.[12]

San Francisco 49ers

On November 1, 2016, Sunseri was signed to the 49ers' practice squad.[13] He was promoted to the active roster on November 22, 2016.[14]

On September 1, 2017, Sunseri was waived by the 49ers.[15]

Coaching career


In 2019 Sunseri spent the season as a graduate assistant at Alabama,[16] his alma mater. He was coaching alongside his brother, Tino, who also was a graduate assistant and his father, Sal, who was the linebackers coach.

New England

In 2020 Vinnie was hired by the New England Patriots in a support staff role.[17][18]

Personal life

Sunseri's father is Sal Sunseri, former linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders, and his older brother is Tino Sunseri, who played quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.


  1. ^ Former Mav Sunseri shines in All-American football game. Union County Weekly. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Vinnie Sunseri". ' Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Vinnie Sunseri - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN".
  4. ^ "New Orleans Saints sign three draft picks to four-year contracts". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sean Payton announces a number of roster moves after Wednesday's practice". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "New Orleans Saints cut ties with veterans, shelve injured players in roster trim". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "New Orleans Saints place Vinnie Sunseri, Nick Toon, Ronald Powell on IR". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Saints' 2014 draft class dwindles to 1 after Vinnie Sunseri release". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Patriots sign second-year DB Vinnie Sunseri and rookie free agent OL Kyler Kerbyson". July 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "Patriots reach the 53-man roster limit". September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Patriots sign two to the practice squad". September 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Patriots release DL Anthony Johnson from the 53-man roster; release DB Vinnie Sunseri from the practice squad". October 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "49ers Sign S Vinnie Sunseri to the Practice Squad". November 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "49ers Place S Eric Reid on Injured Reserve, Announce Other Roster Moves". November 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". September 1, 2017. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Vinnie Sunseri returns to Alabama to join Crimson Tide staff". BamaOnLine. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  17. ^ "Ex-Saints draft pick Vinnie Sunseri now working on Patriots staff". Saints Wire. January 21, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "Report: Patriots Hire Vinnie Sunseri to Coaching Staff". Retrieved May 11, 2020.