Of Samoan heritage, Manu Tuiasosopo was born and raised in Southern California and made a name for himself as a high school, collegiate, and NFL football player.
A four-year letterman and starter for the UCLA Bruins football team, Tuiasosopo played Defensive Tackle and Nose Tackle from 1975-1978 and was a member of the 1976 Rose Bowl Championship Team. He earned numerous accolades during his collegiate career, including three-year All-Pac 8/10 League
Honors (1976-1978), two-year 2nd team UPI All-American Honors (1977-1978), two Defensive Player of Year recognitions (1976 & 1978), and being named ABC-TV Chevrolet Player of Game in 1976.
Tuiasosopo was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1979, playing five seasons with the team as Defensive Tackle and Nose Tackle. He received NFL All-Rookie honors in his first year as a pro, and was a member of the Seahawks’ first ever playoff team in his last year with the team (1983).
In 1984, Tuiasosopo was traded to the San Francisco 49er’s and played three seasons with them as Defensive Tackle. His first season as a 49er was a stellar one, as the team had a 15-1 season win-loss record and went on to become Super Bowl XIX Champions.
Today, Tuiasosopo is active in community service, helping coach and counsel youths in education and football skills. He works with organizations ranging from Samoan community groups to local Washington high school programs. He co-organized and operated Lineman Football Camp in 1982-83, published FOFOGA news magazine featuring articles on Pacific Islander achievement, and continues to volunteer for local and national non-profits, such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Children’s Orthopedic Center, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, United Way & World Vision, etc.
Tuiasosopo has been married to high school sweetheart Tina since 1977, and they share five children and nine grandchildren. He is currently employed with the Alaska Airlines’ Cargo division, working on a Business Management degree, and recently started a business in the wireless telecommunications industry.