A proud alumnus
Catching up with Michael Timpson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- He was the New England Patriots leading wide receiver when Drew Bledsoe first joined the team.
Michael Timpson played six seasons (1989-94) with the Patriots and his best season came in 1994 with Bledsoe at the helm when he caught 74 passes for 941 yards and three touchdowns.
I had a decent career (in New England), but nothing like the career the guys are having there now, said Timpson. Im happy for them, its just I came through there a little too early. I enjoyed my time there."
It was great (playing with Drew). The first two years that Bledsoe was there I was there with him. You could tell even though he was a young quarterback he had greatness written all over him. It was only a matter of time before he was going to be a great quarterback. He has lasted this long and is still a very productive quarterback in the NFL.
These days, Timpson resides in the Coral Springs, Fla. with his wife Edwena, who he has been married to for 16 years. The two of them have daughter Gabrielle, who is 11 and a son, Michael Jr., who is eight.
For work, Timpson works for 1400 FOX Sports serving as a sports analyst and is the head football coach for the Westminster Academy Lions located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This year, the Lions put together a solid season with Timpson running the show and finished with a 5-4 record.
I was enrolled at the seminary, which is part of the school, said Timpson. The coach that was there resigned and they asked me to do it. I hadnt thought about coaching when I was playing because I know all the hours the coaches put in. Obviously at this level its not like it is in college and the pros.
I told them I would do it. The most rewarding thing is you get a chance to really pull into these young kids lives. Its not just athletically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Thats been a big reward for me.
Outside of work, Timpson enjoys spending time with his family, especially after the hectic schedule he led playing in the NFL.
I enjoy spending time with my kids, said Timpson. When you are in that rat race in the NFL, sometimes they grow up before your eyes. Now I take them to school and pick them up. Thats what I played for to give them the luxuries to do that. Its all about my family right now.
A fourth-round pick of New England out of Penn State, Timpson played a total of nine seasons in the NFL and made the biggest impact with the Patriots.
Timpson left New England after the 1994 season as a free agent and signed with the Chicago Bears, where he played two years and then went on to play one more season with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring.
It was the height of free agency, said Timpson. Chicago was there and they had a need and put some money on the table. New England had a chance to match it and (Bill) Parcells decided not to. It was a business decision. My heart will always be with the people that drafted me, but at the same time you need to do things from a business standpoint that makes sense.
Timpson admits if the Patriots were run the way they are now, he may have not gone for the money.
Its a lot easier for the free agents now with the Patriots to stay because they have some rings to back it up, said Timpson. When I was there we had four coaching staff changes and four owners. The thing they have now is consistency. When you had the teams I was on with the inconsistency and not knowing what was going to happen most guys that had a free agent situation left for more money. I was no exception.
For his career, Timpson caught 300 passes for 4,057 yards and 12 touchdowns. Timpson only saw the post-season one-time in 1994 when the Patriots fell 20-13 to the Cleveland Browns.
Theres very few people that make it to the NFL and to last nine years I was fortunate, said Timpson. I didnt have a stellar career, but I had a decent enough career. It was something that was very rewarding and I wouldnt change it for anything. I dont have any regrets with my career at all.
As far as the current Patriots, Timpson is very proud to be an alumnus of one of the most successful teams in the NFL, fresh off their third Super Bowl victory in four years.
I am just so proud to be associated with them and I still root for them as if I was there, said Timpson. I was there when Mr. Kraft just owned the stadium and its great to see him get through the tough times. Its really a mark on his leadership and the stability he brought to the franchise.