EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are mourning the passing of former linebacker Tuineau Alipate.
The Tonga native who grew up in California passed away Friday at the age of 54.
Alipate played all 16 games for the Vikings in 1995, contributing on special teams and as a reserve on defense. He also appeared in eight games for the New York Jets in 1994.
After playing high school football at James Logan in Union City, California, Alipate joined the Washington State Cougars. He closed his college career by forcing a key fumble late in a 24-22 win in the Aloha Bowl.
Alipate's professional football career began in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1989-91) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1991).
Alipate was frequently involved in community appearances by Vikings Legends.