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Jesse Sapolu

Jesse Sapolu
Sapolu in June 2009
No. 61
Position: Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-03-10) March 10, 1961
Place of birth: Apia, Samoa
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school: Honolulu (HI) Farrington
College: Hawaii
NFL draft: 1983 / Round: 11 / Pick: 289
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 182
Games started: 154
Fumble recoveries: 1
Stats at

Manase Jesse Sapolu (born March 10, 1961) is a former football player in the National Football League. Sapolu played both center and offensive guard, and spent his entire career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform.

Jesse Sapolu attended Farrington High School and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Standing 6 feet 4 inches, 278 lbs., he was selected by the Oakland Invaders in the 17th round (199th pick overall) of the 1983 USFL draft, and selected by San Francisco 49ers in the 11th round (289th pick overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers on July 10, 1983.

Sapolu is one of six 49ers to own four Super Bowl championship rings (1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994), and the only one of those to earn a ring with the '94 team rather than their first title in 1981.[1] He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1993 and 1994.

Since retiring in 1997, Sapolu lives in Costa Mesa, California,[2] and remains active in the community as well with the San Francisco 49ers alumni. He is also an offensive line coach for the Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School Warriors and Edison High School Chargers in Huntington Beach, California.

Jesse has been an integral part in establishing the Polynesian Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is one of the board members.


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  2. ^ "Sapolu remains passionate, humble". Daily Pilot. February 1, 2013. 

Further reading

  • Sapolu, Jesse (2012). I Gave My Heart to San Francisco. Newport Beach: Celebrity Publishing.  

External links

  • Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame Profile
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