The Seattle Seahawks lost one of their own this week. Former Seattle offensive lineman Joe Tofflemire died of heart failure on Tuesday.
He was 46 years old.
Tofflemire was found unconscious and unresponsive in his Post Falls, Idaho home on Tuesday.
He died at a hospital in Coeur d’Alene that day.
Tofflemire grew up with eight siblings in Post Falls and still managed to stand out. In his senior year of high school, he was named the state’s offensive lineman of the year.
He was a star at the University of Arizona before the Seahawks drafted him.
Tofflemire was a natural athlete. He was track star and was nicknamed “Joe the Toe” because he was an excellent kicker.
He nailed a 44-yard field goal in a State Playoff game while in high school and regularly blasted the ball through the uprights on kickoffs. Not bad for an O-lineman.
Tofflemire leaves behind two sons, Michael Anthony and Johnny.
He’ll be sorely missed by the Seahawks, the University of Arizona and his home town of Post Falls.