Tristan Wirfs is an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League who was born on January 24, 1999. He played football for the University of Iowa.
High school career
He excelled in wrestling and track and field at Mount Vernon High School, where he was a football player. He won the state discus throw as a sophomore, and Iowa State and the Iowa Hawkeyes both offered him scholarships within a month. He was a four-star recruit when he committed to Iowa in the winter of his junior year in 2015. During his senior year of high school, Wirfs helped Mount Vernon to a state semifinal appearance in football, was named an Army All-American for football, won a state wrestling title in winter after cutting 30 pounds, and won the discus for the He was the best prep athlete in the state according to the Des Moines Register.
The first true freshman to start at offensive tackle in the Kirk Ferentz era, Wirfs started seven games at right tackle as a true freshman. He worked on being more aggressive against defenders during the season.
Before his sophomore season, he was suspended for the game against Northern Illinois because of an OWI arrest in July. After his sophomore season, Wirfs broke the hang clean record held by Brandon, setting a new mark of 450 pounds. He missed a few weeks of practice due to an injury, but he said that his focus would be to translate his weight room exploits to the field. After his junior season in which he was selected to the First Team All-Big Ten and named the conference lineman of the year, Wirfs announced that he would forgo his final season and enter the 2020 NFL draft.
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The 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was taken by Wirfs, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round.
In Week 5 of the 2020 season, Wirfs started all 16 games and only allowed one sack to the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack. The team winning Super Bowl LV was the result of the four games that Wirfs played and started in the Buccaneers’ playoff.
After starting all 17 games for the Buccaneers, he suffered an ankle injury in the Wild Card round of the playoffs that kept him out of the remainder of the Buccaneers season. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, as well as earning a 1st-team All-Pro selection.