Tiffin was the Alabama Crimson Tide's primary placekicker from 1983-1986. He holds the school record for longest converted field goal, with a successful 57-yard attempt against Texas A&M in 1985. He also holds the school record for converting 135 extra point attempts (never missing one).
Tiffin's most notable kick came in the 1985 Iron Bowl against in-state rival Auburn. His 52-yard field goal lifted the Crimson Tide to a 25–23 victory as time expired. It has become part of Alabama lore, known mainly as "the kick", and is depicted in Daniel Moore's painting by the same name.
Tiffin spent only one season in the National Football League, with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After spending one season in the NFL, he returned home to work for Tiffin Motorhomes, a company founded by his father. He is currently the R&D manager for the company, and resides in Muscle Shoals.
His son Leigh was a walk-on kicker at Alabama before receiving a scholarship as the team's main placekicker.
- Van Tiffin. (2009, October 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:41, November 4, 2009