Jesse Sapolu
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Sapolu in June 2009
No. 61
Personal information
Born: (1961-03-10) March 10, 1961 (age 62)
Apia, Samoa
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school:Honolulu (HI) Farrington
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
Player stats at · PFR

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

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 and his wife Lisa have lived in [Southern, CA],[2] and remains active in the community as well with the San Francisco 49ers alumni.

Sapolu has been an integral part in establishing the Polynesian Pro Football Hall of Fame, of which he is a co-founder. He now runs Men In The Trenches (MITT) in California.[3]


  1. ^ "Super Bowl winners by player: Who has the most rings in NFL history?". Sporting News. 8 February 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ Virgen, Steve (February 1, 2013). "Sapolu remains passionate, humble". Daily Pilot. Orange County, California.
  3. ^ "MITT 2020 Opening Day - February 2020".

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