Wildcats in the NFL

Former Arizona Wildcats player leading group trying to break Guinness record for crowd noise



Joe Tafoya knows a loud crowd when he hears one.

Joe Tafoya's Twitter profile (@JoeTafoya) picture shows him wearing a Seahawks helmet

Joe Tafoya’s Twitter profile (@JoeTafoya) picture shows him wearing a Seahawks helmet

He was a sophomore defensive end at Arizona in 1998 when the Wildcats drew what was then the fourth-largest crowd — 58,738 — to attend a game at Arizona Stadium. Although the Wildcats kept the game close through three quarters, with help from the boisterous crowd, UCLA pulled away for a 52-28 victory in what was Arizona’s only loss that season.

Tafoya was also part of Arizona’s team that traveled to Penn State for the 1999 opener and played in front of 97,168 at Beaver Stadium.

After participating in those games and competing in front of NFL crowds for seven seasons, Tafoya is now attempting to be vocal with the fans. … Very vocal … Vocal, as in the loudest in the world.

This Sunday, Tafoya and a group of Seattle Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness World Record’s mark for loudest stadium, or officially ”loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” which was set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce.

The record set in that match was 131.76 decibels.

”Seahawk fans are always loud, so basically we’re going to measure it,” Tafoya, who played one season for Seattle in his NFL career, told the Associated Press this week.

Tafoya co-runs Volume 12, the fan group organizing the attempt. The group is paying approximately $8,000 for the Guinness World Records official to come to Seattle. They’ve also found a sound engineer with equipment to do the measuring.

The game between Seattle and NFC West rival San Francisco is a sellout at the 67,000-seat CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks are not promoting the world record attempt. Tafoya is trying to spark interest through his Volume 12 group.

Joe Tafoya's Voice 12 group appears ready to be noisy and break a world record Sunday during the San Francisco-Seattle game (Tafoya Facebook picture)

Joe Tafoya’s Voice 12 group appears ready to be noisy and break a world record Sunday during the San Francisco-Seattle game (Tafoya Facebook picture)

”Hopefully, we’ll be able to break the record then (during San Francisco’s first possession), so I’ll be able to sit back and watch the game,” Tofoya told the AP.

”I’ve played in about every NFL stadium. I played for the Cardinals, the Bears, I had a chance to travel, CenturyLink was by far and away the loudest. The noise, it almost seems like it turns into energy.”

Tafoya, 35, lives in nearby Redmond, Wash., where he is the CEO of JumpIt Media. The organization’s Facebook page states that its operation is “a service driven sports and technology firm dedicated to providing clients with the tools, analytics, and strategies necessary to achieve success for their brand.”

The group counsels clients on topics such as social media’s impact on society. Tafoya was part of a recent such presentation with Oregon State football players.

This site will run statistic updates on former Wildcats who are active in the NFL throughout the season. Here are the stats from Week One and Nick Folk’s game last night with the New York Jets.

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* — Criner was listed as inactive in Oakland’s season-opener against Indianapolis last week

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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