Tani Tupou

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Tani Tupou
Free agent
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-13) December 13, 1992 (age 25)
Marysville, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 284 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Everett (WA) Archbishop Murphy
College: Washington
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Taniela "Tani" Tupou (born December 13, 1992) is an American football defensive tackle and fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Washington.

Early years[edit]

Tupou attended Archbishop Murphy high school in Everett, Washington where he played football as a strongside defensive end and as a tight end. He led the Wildcats to the WIAA State Chamiponship game at the Tacoma Dome in 2010.[1] Tupou graduated from Archbishop Murphy in 2011.[2]

College career[edit]

Tupou verbally committed to the University of Washington on April 8, 2010.[2] Tupou redshirted his first year on campus before playing the next four seasons. In his five years at Washington Tupou appeared in 46 games for the Huskies as a defensive tackle and recorded 59 tackles.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On May 9, 2016, Seattle Seahawks signed Tupou as a fullback / defensive tackle after participating in their rookie mini-camp.[3][4] He played in the team's season-opening victory over the Miami Dolphins on September 11.[5]

On September 13, 2016, Tupou was released by the Seahawks.[6]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

During April 2017, Tupou played as a defensive tackle for The Spring League, a developmental football instructional league.[7] Tupou received an invitation to attend rookie minicamp for the Atlanta Falcons. On May 14, 2017, following minicamp, Tupou signed with the Falcons.[8] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Falcons' practice squad the next day.[9][10] He was released on September 6, 2017.[11] He was signed to the practice squad on September 19.[12] He was promoted to the active roster on October 10, 2017.[13] He was waived on October 19, 2017 and was later re-signed to the practice squad.[14][15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on January 15, 2018.[16]

On April 11, 2018, the Falcons waived Tupou with a non-football injury designation.[17]


  1. ^ a b "90 - Taniela Tupou". Washington Athletics. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Taniela Tupou". 247.com. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Condotta, Bob (May 9, 2016). "Seahawks sign 5, including FB Taniela Tupou, and release 5 others, including CB Mohammed Seisay". SeattleTimes.com. Seattle Times. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bell, Gregg (May 9, 2016). "Seahawks sign ex-UW DL Taniela Tupou as 284-pound FB, waive Mohammed Seisay, have special role for Brandon Browner". TheNewsTribune.com. The News Tribune. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tani Tupou". nfl.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Boyle, John. "Seahawks Sign Fullback Will Tukuafu And Cornerback Neiko Thorpe". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on 2016-09-15. 
  7. ^ http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/04/spring_leagues_roster_shows_va.html
  8. ^ Jackson, Curtis (May 14, 2017). "Falcons Sign WR Reggie Davis And DL Taniela Tupou". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  9. ^ Conway, Kelsey (September 2, 2017). "2017 Atlanta Falcons Roster Cuts Tracker: Deadline To 53 Is 4 P.M. ET On Saturday". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  10. ^ McFadden, Will (September 4, 2017). "Falcons Announce 10 Players Added To Their Practice Squad". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  11. ^ McFadden, Will (September 6, 2017). "Falcons sign quarterback Trevor Knight to practice squad, release DL Taniela Tupou". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  12. ^ Conway, Kelsey (September 19, 2017). "Falcons Sign Defensive Lineman Taniela Tupou to Practice Squad". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  13. ^ Conway, Kelsey (October 10, 2017). "Falcons Sign Defensive Lineman Taniela Tupou". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  14. ^ Conway, Kelsey (October 19, 2017). "Falcons sign defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin waive defensive lineman Taniela Tupou". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  15. ^ Conway, Kelsey (October 24, 2017). "Falcons sign linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, waive defensive lineman Joe Vellano". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  16. ^ McFadden, Will (January 15, 2018). "Falcons announce signing of nine players to reserve future contracts". AtlantaFalcons.com. 
  17. ^ McFadden, Will (April 11, 2018). "Falcons waive defensive lineman Taniela Tupou". AtlantaFalcons.com. 

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