February 3, 1979|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||325 lb (147 kg)|
|High school:||Salt Lake City (UT) East|
|NFL Draft:||2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 88|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Sione Sonasi "Bo" Po'uha (/
Pouha began playing football at the young age of nine. Pouha attended East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was a two-year first-team all-region player and captained East High's state championship team in 1996. He earned USA Today honorable mention All-American honors as senior in 1996 and was a Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune first-team all-state selection. Pouha would sign a letter of intent with Utah in 1997.
Upon signing his letter of intent, Pouha would leave on a Mormon mission that took place in Pittsburgh between 1998 and 2000. During his mission, Pouha rose at 5:30 every morning. He spent three hours studying scripture from 6 to 9 a.m. and would spend the next twelve hours sharing his beliefs and testimony going door-to-door.
In his senior season at Utah, Pouha earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors and was named USA Today All-America honorable mention after starting ten games, recording 36 tackles, four passes defended and one interception, and helped lead Urban Meyer's Utes to the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. Pouha had never considered playing beyond the college level; however, during his senior season he changed his mind after receiving a phone call from an agent.
New York Jets
Pouha, who was considered a "project" player, was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Pouha appeared in fourteen games as a rookie, recording ten tackles and one pass defended.
Motivated following his ACL injury which eliminated him for all of 2006, Pouha played in all sixteen games during the season, starting one game. Pouha recorded 39 tackles and had one pass defended.
Pouha went into the 2009 season as the back-up defensive tackle. Six games into the season, the Jets lost Pro Bowl starter Kris Jenkins who suffered a torn ACL. The injury would thrust Pouha into the spotlight as he became the team's starting nose tackle, starting the team's next thirteen games. Pouha achieved multiple career highs, starting a career-high fourteen games and making a career 61 tackles, 34 of which were solo. Pouha and teammate Mike DeVito helped improve the rushing defense from twenty-first to fourth overall in the NFL. Pouha and the team entered the postseason until falling against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship.
Pouha started the first game of the 2010 season alongside a returning Kris Jenkins. Six plays into the team's Monday night home opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Jenkins once again suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Pouha, again, assumed Jenkins' role as nose tackle alongside teammates Mike DeVito and Howard Green. Pouha was considered to be an excellent run-stopper and as the season progresses, the team liked to see Pouha more involved in pass-rushing and getting to the quarterback. Pouha and the Jets made the postseason for the second straight year but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Po'uha was diagnosed with a back strain during the 2012 season and missed some games because of it. The Jets finished with a 6-10 record that season. Po'uha was released by the Jets on March 12, 2013.
Po'uha began his coaching career at the University of Utah. He has now taken a position as defensive tackles coach at the United States Naval Academy. He has settled his family into a ward and schools in Annapolis.
Pouha was born to Sonasi and Susana Pouha. He married his college sweetheart, Keiti Kaufusi Pouha, while he was still attending the University of Utah. The couple have four children, two sons, Viliami and Sonasi; and two daughters, Leilani and Kesaia. Pouha's parents were immigrants from Tonga.
Pouha created a beverage business named Bula. Pouha has described the beverage as a "relaxation drink" that is a combination of kava and valerian root. The drink is currently sold online and in stores in northern California. For a time Po'uha served as bishop of the Bountiful 6th Ward, a Tongan-language ward in Tonga. He has also served as a seminary and institute teacher in the LDS Church.
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