New Raiders Long Snapper Travis Tripucka Brings a Familiar Name Back to the NFL

If the name Travis Tripucka sounds vaguely familiar to NFL football fans, it should.

Tripuka is the son of former NBA all-star Kelly Tripucka and grandson of former AFL all-star quarterback Frank Tripuka.

This afternoon Tripucka tweeted that he will be trying to make a name of his own as the contingency plan for the Oakland Raiders if long snapper Jon Condo is out this week.

Just a few months ago, Tripucka was spending an afternoon teaching the art of long-snapping to the Queen of Peace high school football team as a favor to head coach Steve Romano. As Tripucka spent that afternoon in southern Bergen County, he couldn't possibly conceive that an entire fanbase would be breathing a sigh of relief that he'd be signed to their squad.

But that's just what has happened after Raiders fans watched Travis Goethel's very public meltdown against the Chargers on Monday Night Football while filling in for injured long snapper Jon Condo.

Tripucka comes to the Raiders after being in camp this preseason with the St. Louis Rams. By all accounts, he did well when given the chance in St. Louis, but the Rams were happy with second-year long snapper Jake McQuaide, so Tripucka eventually found himself out of a job.

Tripucka sent an ominous tweet last night as he watched the game with his father Kelly.

After Goethel rolled two consecutive dribblers to punter Shane Lechler, Tripucka tweeted the following: 

@LunchMeat8 Watching #MNF wit pops...I should be out there.

It looks like next week, he will be.

The wheels were set in motion this morning and by this afternoon, Tripucka had himself a job. But Tripucka's quest to the NFL wasn't the same as most.

Tripucka was a stand-out athlete at Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey.  He excelled at basketball and football, but his top sport was lacrosse.

Tripucka ended up heading to UMass...

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