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Ex-Arizona Wildcats’ player Tafoya helps Seattle fans break Guinness record for crowd noise

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Former UA player Joe Tafoya holds a certificate stating that yesterday's CenturyLink Field crowd is the Guinness World Record holder for noise

Former UA player Joe Tafoya holds a certificate stating that yesterday’s CenturyLink Field crowd is the Guinness World Record holder for noise (Volume 12 Facebook photo)

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Former Arizona defensive end Joe Tafoya, who played in the NFL for seven years after being with the Wildcats from 1997-2000, became part of history yesterday by leading a loud-and-proud group at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

Tafoya, who played with the Seahawks in 2005 and 2006, and his Volume 12 group teamed with the Seattle crowd to break the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar.

The crowd at CenturyLink Field set the world record with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter, when Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Seattle fans hit 131.9 decibels on the sound meter, Philip Robertson of Guinness World Records told SeattlePI.com.

The CenturyLink Field later broke its own new record, registering at 136.6 decibels after Marshawn Lynch walked into the end zone on his second touchdown of the game. The official attendance at the CenturyLink was a stadium-record 68,338.

The previous croud-roar record was 131.76 decibels, set during a 2011 soccer match at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Seattle’s football fans had previously been measured at 112 decibels — louder than a power saw or a rock concert, and not much quieter than a Boeing 747, according to SeattlePI.com.

Tafoya was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999. He was one of Dick Tomey’s team captains in 2000.

Note of interest: The UA football team plays in Seattle on Sept. 28 against the Washington Huskies. The game will be played at Husky Stadium, which is notorious for loud crowd noise.

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Nick Foles was inserted into a Red Zone situation yesterday for Philadelphia and threw an incompletion in the Eagles’ 33-30 loss to San Diego.

Foles continues to practice with the first-team unit despite Michael Vick emerging as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. Foles told media that covers the Eagles that former coach Andy Reid never utilized him with the first-team offense during practice. That’s understandable because coaches want their starter to get as many reps as possible with the first team.

The Eagles host Kansas City and Reid on Thursday.

“You’ve got to make sure that you get your (backups) some reps,” Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly told DelawareOnline. “They [also] get a lot of work when we are presenting the other team’s look. … so Nick is getting reps in that standpoint, too. But it’s important to make sure all those guys get some reps.”

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This site will run statistic updates on former Wildcats who are active in the NFL throughout the season. The stats below are through yesterday’s games. Robert Golden of the Steelers plays tonight.

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* — Criner was listed as inactive in Oakland’s first two games of the season

An overall list of UA players active in the NFL:

Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears
Eben Britton, G, Chicago Bears
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Juron Criner, WR, Oakland Raiders
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
Robert Golden, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Earl Mitchell, NT, Houston Texans
Brooks Reed, LB, Houston Texans

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.

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