Paul Soliai

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Paul Soliai
Paul Soliai 2014 (cropped).jpg
Soliai in 2014
No. 96     Atlanta Falcons
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-12-30) December 30, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth: Santa Ana, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Pago Pago (AS) Nuuuli Poly Tech
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Debuted in 2007 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 160
Quarterback sacks 4.5
Forced Fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Paul Fuapapa Soliai (born December 30, 1983) is an American football defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of Utah, and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Soliai, of Samoan descent, attended Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove before moving to American Samoa for his senior year, he attended Nu'uuli Technical High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa where he was team captain as a senior.

College career[edit]

Junior college[edit]

Soliai spend two seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. He was a two-time All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference offensive lineman. He earned an honorable mention All-American selection in 2002, and was a First-team junior college All-American as a sophomore in 2003.

Considered a four-star recruit out of junior college by Rivals.com, Soliai was listed as the No. 32 non-high school player in the nation.[1]

Utah[edit]

Soliai transferred to the University of Utah in 2004 and was redshirted his first season. He played in 12 games as a junior in 2005, with up five tackles, 1.5 of which were for a loss. He made four stops against rival Utah State, including an assisted tackle for a loss. He also had a 10-yard sack against Arizona.

In 12 games at nose guard as a senior in 2006, Soliai recorded 35 tackles (13 solo), 3.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks for 15 yards, four pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. He earned a Second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

In April 2007, Soliai measured a height of 6-feet-4 and a weight of 332 pounds at his Utah Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.02seconds and 5.12 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.77 seconds. He measured a 30½-inch vertical jump, but an elbow sprain prevented him from doing the 225-pound bench press.

Prior to the draft, Soliai was praised for his rare size, strength, quickness and athleticism, while also being criticized for his lack of technique and moves.[2][3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 344 lb 5.02 s 1.63 s 2.86 s 4.53 s 7.66 s 30½ in 9 ft 7 in 9
All values from NFL Combine, except for 40-yd dash (and splits), 20-ss, and vertical, which are from Utah Pro Day

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Soliai was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, signing a four-year contract on June 7.

Soliai with the Dolphins in 2009.

Before the NFL lockout, Soliai was franchise tagged by the Dolphins. Giving him a one-year guaranteed salary of at least $12 million, which is the average of the top 5 salaries at that position.This was made bloated by Albert Haynesworth record breaking $100 million contract from the Redskins.

On January 24, 2012, Soliai was added to the AFC Pro Bowl Roster to replace Ravens DT Haloti Ngata.[4]

On March 14, 2012, Soliai signed an 2-year extension with the Miami Dolphins worth $12 million, with $6 million guaranteed for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Soliai agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a five-year, $33 million contract including $14 million guaranteed.[5]

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