|Date of birth:||October 16, 1969|
|Place of birth:||Tonga|
|San Diego Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
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High school career
Pupunu played college football at Weber State University, where he went on to earn all-Big Sky Conference and All-American honors and has been inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Pupunu earned Walter Camp All-American honors after leading the nation (NCAA Division I-AA, now Football Championship Subdivision) in receptions, with 93, in 1991. The 93 receptions are the second-most ever in a single season by a tight end.
Pupunu was also an All-Conference performer at Dixie State College of Utah.
Pupunu played for the San Diego Chargers (1992–1997, 1999), the Kansas City Chiefs (1997), the New York Giants (1998) and the Detroit Lions (2000). Pupunu made a championship appearance with the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX in the 1994 season, and helped them get there by scoring a touchdown in the AFC title game.
Though Pupunu only scored five career touchdowns (three regular season, two postseason), he performed a unique celebration after each, in which he mimicked twisting off the top of a coconut and drinking the juice, a very popular celebration among San Diego fans.
Pupunu finished his career with 102 receptions for 1,000 yards and three touchdowns in 103 games.
Pupunu was a volunteer assistant at the University of Utah Utes Football Team for three years (2005–2007).