Ikaika Alama-Francis

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Ikaika Alama-Francis
Ikaika Alama-Francis 2012.JPG
Alama-Francis in the 2012 preseason.
No. 91, 97, 59
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-12-04) December 4, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Kāne'ohe, Hawai'i
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Kailua (HI) Kalaheo
College: Hawaii
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-WAC (2005)
  • First-team All-WAC (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles: 47
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Ikaika Alama-Francis (born December 4, 1984) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

Early years[edit]

Alama-Francis was born to former Green Bay Packers back-up quarterback and former high school football coach Joseph "Joe" Francis[1] and Rolenda "Ku'ulei" Alama-Francis. He has three older half brothers from Joe Francis's first wife and two older brothers from Joe's second wife, Kuulei.[citation needed] His much older brother is Jon Francis, who played running back for the Los Angeles Rams.[2] Another child, Makana, joined the family after Ikaika went to college.[3][4] While playing basketball and volleyball for Kalaheo High School, he made the All State High School basketball and volleyball teams his junior and senior years.

College career[edit]

Even though he was recruited to play basketball for New Mexico and Portland State, he started his career at Hawaii after graduating from high school in 2002 as a walk on to the Warrior basketball team.[5] He played forward mostly at the end of games that were already decided.[6]

Alama-Francis decided to try out for the football team during spring training after his first and only season with Warrior Basketball. The elder Francis was a bit skeptical due to Alama-Francis relatively small size and lack of experience with football physicality as a basketball player. Even though Warrior coach June Jones offered Alama-Francis a scholarship coming out of high school with no high school playing experience, Alama-Francis and his father, Joe Francis, refused the offer because they did not feel that Alama-Francis was ready. The elder Francis told the coach that his son needed to earn the scholarship.,[7][8]

Alama-Francis gained 70 pounds over the years to build his 190 pound frame to 260 pounds. He also worked on building his strength and football defensive end knowledge to become a starter his junior and senior years. At the beginning of Alama-Francis' senior year, he was chosen by Coach Jones to represent the University of Hawaii at media day for the Western Athletic Conference at the start of the 2006 season.[6] In his 26 starts at Hawaii he had a total of 112 tackles (62 solos) with 10 sacks.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

During the 2007 mini-camp, Alama-Francis could not participate in team organized activities due to a pectoral muscle tear suffered during the Hula Bowl.[10] Instead he worked with head Coach Rod Marinelli and the defensive coaching staff on developing his skills. Alama-Francis impressed the coaches and team mates with his work ethic and positive demeanor.[11]

Alama-Francis remained inactive for 10 of the first 12 games of the season. In the 4 games he played in, he recorded 12 tackles.

For the 2008 season, Alama-Francis switched his uniform number from 91 to 97, after the departure of Boss Bailey who had previously worn 97.

Alama-Francis was released from the team on September 6, 2009.[12]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Alama-Francis was signed by the Miami Dolphins on November 24 [13] for a salary of $460,000 [14] The Dolphins tried changing his position from defensive end to outside linebacker. He competed with teammate Koa Misi for a starting position.[15]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Alama-Francis was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on August 15 to a one-year deal.[16]

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