Tenny Palepoi

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Tenny Palepoi
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Palepoi in 2016
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-12-19) December 19, 1990 (age 29)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:298 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school:Skyline (Millcreek, Utah)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:53
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Tenny Tatoi Palepoi (born December 19, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He first enrolled at Snow College before transferring to the University of Utah. Palepoi attended Skyline High School in Holladay, Utah. His brother, Anton Palepoi, also played in the NFL.[1]

Early years[edit]

Palepoi was born on December 19, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He played high school football for the Skyline High School Eagles. He first-team all-state in 2008 as a senior and honorable mention all-state in 2007. He was also team captain and an all-region selection his junior and senior years.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Palepoi played for the Snow College Badgers from 2010 to 2011. He was a NJCAA All-American, first-team All-WSFL selection, and team captain his sophomore year in 2011.[1]

Palepoi transferred and played football for the Utah Utes of the University of Utah from 2012 to 2013. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection and team captain his senior year. He recorded 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks at the University of Utah.[1]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Palepoi was signed by the San Diego Chargers on May 13, 2014 after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.[1] He made his NFL debut on September 8, 2014 against the Arizona Cardinals, recording one tackle.[3] He was ruled out for the 2015 season with a fractured foot on August 3, 2015.[4]

Palepoi was suspended four games on December 12, 2016 for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.[5]

On March 20, 2017, Palepoi re-signed with the Chargers.[6]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On April 16, 2018, Palepoi signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[7] He was released on July 25, 2018.[8] He was re-signed on August 19, 2018, only to be released four days later.[9][10]

Salt Lake Stallions[edit]

On December 22, 2018, Palepoi signed with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.[11] The league ceased operations in April 2019.[12]

In the 2020 XFL Draft, Palepoi was selected by the Seattle Dragons.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "TENNY PALEPOI". chargers.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tenny Palepoi". utahutes.com. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tenny Palepoi". nfl.com. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Henne, Ricky (August 3, 2015). "Tenny Palepoi Out for Season with Fractured Foot". chargers.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "DE Tenny Palepoi Suspended Four Games by NFL". Chargers.com. December 12, 2016. Archived from the original on December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Henne, Ricky (March 20, 2017). "Chargers Re-Sign DT Tenny Palepoi". Chargers.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Brown, Chris (April 16, 2018). "Bills sign Kerley and Palepoi". BuffaloBills.com. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Brown, Chris (July 25, 2018). "Bills release DT Palepoi". BuffaloBills.com.
  9. ^ Brown, Chris (August 19, 2018). "Bills re-sign DL Palepoi". BuffaloBills.com.
  10. ^ "Bills release DL Tenny Palepoi". Bills Wire. USA Today.com. August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Judd, Brandon (December 22, 2018). "Salt Lake Stallions add pair of former BYU, Utah players to roster". Deseret News. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  12. ^ Michael Rothstein, Seth Wickersham (June 13, 2019). "Inside the short, unhappy life of the Alliance of American Football". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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