Joe Salave'a

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Joe Salave'a
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Joe Salave'a
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive line coach, Assistant Head Coach
Team Washington State
Biographical details
Born (1975-03-23) March 23, 1975 (age 41)
Leone, American Samoa
Playing career
1994–1997 Arizona
1998–2001 Tennessee Oilers/Titans
2003 Baltimore Ravens
2003 San Diego Chargers
2004–2006 Washington Redskins
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2008–2009 San Jose State (DL)
2011 Arizona (DL)
2012–present Washington State (DL/AHC)

Joe Fagaone Salave'a (/sɑːləˈv.ə/; born March 23, 1975) is an American football coach, currently serving as Defensive Line coach at the Washington State University. He is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. Standing 6'5" and 317 pounds, he primarily plays defensive tackle.

Early life[edit]

Salave'a moved to Oceanside, California near San Diego, in 1989, and graduated from Oceanside High School.

College career[edit]

Salave'a attended and played college football at the University of Arizona. In football, he was a three-year starter and a two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in the 1998 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with Tennessee and one with the San Diego Chargers, before being signed by the Washington Redskins. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Salave'a appeared as a substitute,[1] however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams. Playing primarily as a backup, Salave'a had a break-through year in 2004, registering 30 tackles and two sacks for the second-ranked Redskins defense. In 2005, he started 13 games and had 50 tackles, a half-sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, helping to lead the Redskins to their first playoff appearance of the decade.

Salave'a was released by the Redskins on August 28, 2007.

College coaching career[edit]

Salave'a was named a defensive assistant coach at San Jose State University by his former coach at the University of Arizona, Dick Tomey in April 2008, where he coached for two seasons. After not working during the 2010 season, he was named Defensive Line coach at the University of Arizona on December 16, 2010. He is now the defensive line coach at Washington State University.


Salave'a's older brother Okland Salave'a played football at Colorado from 1987–1989. Salave'a also has his own foundation—the Joe Salave'a Foundation.


  1. ^ "Super Bowl XXXIV Team Rosters". Retrieved 13 April 2012.