Maa Tanuvasa
No. 98, 94
Position:Defensive line
Personal information
Born: (1970-11-06) November 6, 1970 (age 53)
Nuʻuuli, American Samoa
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Mililani (HI)
NFL draft:1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 209
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
FF / FR:3 / 7
Player stats at · PFR

Maa Junior Tanuvasa (born November 6, 1970) is a former American football defensive lineman. He played college football at Hawaii. He was drafted in the eighth round (209th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He is best known for his time as a defensive end for the Denver Broncos from 1995 - 2000, where he was a member of two Super Bowls.

High school and college years

Tanuvasa was an Interscholatic All-Star in football and track and field at Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawai'i. He moved on to the University of Hawaii, where he starred for three years, amassing 190 tackles and 10 sacks and helping Hawaii to the 1992 Western Athletic Conference championship.

Professional career

He was drafted in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1993 NFL Draft and spent his rookie year with them.[1] In 1994, he was cut by the Rams and spent a part of the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.

His first NFL season was with the Broncos in 1995, when he played one game. He worked his way into the rotation by the 1996 season, and by 1998, was a regular starter. He led the Broncos in sacks in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. He was on the Bronco teams which won the 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl championships.

After the 2000 season with the Broncos, he joined the San Diego Chargers for one year, and the Atlanta Falcons for the next. He since returned to his native Hawai'i, where he served as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Mililani High School.[2]

He was inducted into the Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.[3]


  1. ^ "1993 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-31.
  2. ^ "Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame Website". Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ | Sports | /2006/02/08/