Nua on Super Bowl XL media day
|Date of birth:||May 22, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Pago Pago, American Samoa|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||270 lb (122 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 228|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Shaun Nua (born May 22, 1981 in Pago Pago, American Samoa) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Brigham Young University.
Nua attended Brigham Young University. Starting the 2002 and 2004 seasons, he red shirted in the 2003 season. Shaun Nua attended Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona from 2000 to 2002.
Following his stint in the NFL, Nua returned to his alma mater, BYU, as a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-2011. Nua helped the Cougars achieve the nation's 24th-best total defense in 2010 and the 13th-ranked defense in 2011. BYU won its bowl games both years while finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll with a 10-3 record.
On January 26, 2012 Nua joined the football staff at Navy as an assistant coach with the defensive line. In 2012 the Midshipmen finished with an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where they suffered a 62-28 loss to Arizona State.
Nua is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa. He transferred to BYU from Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he earned junior college All-America honors. He prepped at Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa where he was an all-league performer as a defensive end.
Nua is a cousin to BYU's assistant softball coach, Ianeta Le'i and BYU All-American volleyball player Futi Tavana.
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