Manu Tuiasosopo
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circa 1977
No. 74, 78
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1957-08-30) August 30, 1957 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Anthony (Long Beach, California)
NFL draft:1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:7
Player stats at · PFR

Manu'ula Asovalu Tuiasosopo (born August 30, 1957) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 18th overall pick of the 1979 NFL Draft. After five years in Seattle, he played the final three seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, who won Super Bowl XIX in January 1985.


Tuiasosopo was last employed by the Alaska Airlines cargo department in Seattle.[1] He currently coaches the defensive line for Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington.[2]

Personal life

Tuiasosopo is the father of former NFL quarterback, Marques, and running back, Zach. His son Matt was a utility player in Major League Baseball and is the third base coach of the Atlanta Braves. He also has two daughters, Leslie, who is the University of Washington volleyball coach, and Ashley.

His cousins are actor Navy, also a former football player, and Mike, a defensive coach at Kansas State University. Mike is the father of Lanea, who won Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2019 at UCLA for her athletic performance on the women's crew team.[3][4]


  1. ^ Gilmore, Susan (August 24, 2008). "Faith and each other come before sports in the talented Tuiasosopo family". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on August 26, 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  2. ^ Watanabe, Tim (August 26, 2010). "Chandler era begins for hopeful 'Stangs: Former Eastlake coach looks to build winning tradition at Redmond". Redmond Reporter. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Black, Ryan (2019-01-14). "Mike Tuiasosopo named K-State defensive tackles coach". The Mercury. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  4. ^ Morales, Andy (2019-06-01). "Former Ironwood Ridge standout Lanea Tuiasosopo named UCLA Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Trevor Werbylo earns Pac-12 Golf Honor |". Retrieved 2023-12-12.