Sapolu in June 2009
|Position:||Center / Guard|
|Date of birth:||March 10, 1961|
|Place of birth:||Apia, Samoa|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||278 lb (126 kg)|
|High school:||Honolulu (HI) Farrington|
|NFL draft:||1983 / Round: 11 / Pick: 289|
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Manase Jesse Sapolu (born March 10, 1961) is a former football player in the National Football League. Sapolu played both center and offensive guard, and spent his entire career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform.
Jesse Sapolu attended Farrington High School and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Standing 6 feet 4 inches, 278 lbs., he was selected by the Oakland Invaders in the 17th round (199th pick overall) of the 1983 USFL draft, and selected by San Francisco 49ers in the 11th round (289th pick overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers on July 10, 1983.
Sapolu is one of six 49ers to own four Super Bowl championship rings (1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994), and the only one of those to earn a ring with the '94 team rather than their first title in 1981. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1993 and 1994.
Since retiring in 1997, Sapolu lives in Costa Mesa, California, and remains active in the community as well with the San Francisco 49ers alumni. He is also an offensive line coach for the Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School Warriors and Edison High School Chargers in Huntington Beach, California.
Jesse has been an integral part in establishing the Polynesian Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is one of the board members.
- Sapolu, Jesse (2012). I Gave My Heart to San Francisco. Newport Beach: Celebrity Publishing. ISBN 9780983705963.