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Pisa Tinoisamoa
No. --     Free Agent
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: September 7, 1981 (1981-09-07) (age 28)
Place of birth: Oceanside, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Debuted in 2003 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-WAC (2001)
  • First-team All-WAC (2002)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     449
Sacks     10.0
Interceptions     7
Stats at NFL.com

Apisaloma Donald Tinoisamoa (pronounced /ˈpiːsə tiːnɔɪˈsɑːmoʊ.ə/; born July 15, 1981 in Oceanside, California) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

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Early years

Tinoisamoa attended Vista High School in Vista, California. In football, he was a three-time All-Palomar League, a three-time All-CIF pick, an All-American pick as a senior, and a three-time All-State selection and an All-American running back. His 1996, '97, and '98 Panther football teams won the Palomar League and CIF titles. As a senior, Tinoisamoa recorded 75 tackles (12 for loss), six sacks, and three fumble recoveries (one for a score) and offensively, rushed for 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns and he becamethe first-ever player ever in San Diego County history to make First-team All-CIF on both offense and defense.

College career

At the University of Hawaii Tinoisamoa recorded 289 tackles (210 solo) with 15.5 sacks, 11 QB pressures, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, nine passes defensed, two interceptions, and one blocked field goal while starting 27 of 35 games for Rainbow Warriors.

He was a First-team All-Western Athletic Conference pick and was the recipient of the Alec Waterhouse Award, given to team’s Most Valuable Player as he led team with career-high 129 tackles (89 solo), with 6.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, eight QB pressures, two interceptions, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and blocked kick. He was named Second-team All-WAC as junio when he tallied 86 tackles (67 solos) with five sacks, 11 tackles for loss, four QB pressures, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. As sophomore, he recorded 74 tackles (54 solos), four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five passes defensed, and four QB pressures. He did not play as freshman.

Professional career

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Pre-draft

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0⅜ * 231 lb * 4.65 * 1.62 * 2.19 * 4.07 * 6.97 * 34½ in. * 9'03" ** 19 * 28 *

(* represents NFL Combine)

St. Louis Rams

Tinoisamoa was drafted out of the University of Hawaii by the St. Louis Rams in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. On July 24, 2003, Tinoisamoa signed a four-year $2.90 million contract with the Rams.

In his rookie season he played in all 16 games and finished the season with 76 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. He was the first Rams rookie to lead the team in tackles.

The following season, he recorded a career-high 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks. In 2005, he led the team in number of tackles for the third straight season recording 94 and also ended up with 1.5 sacks and two interceptions.

On October 11, 2006, he signed a five-year $24.7 million contract extension with the Rams. The 2006 season saw him play in 11 games after breaking his hand versus the Chicago Bears on December 11. He finished the campaign with 36 tackles and two sacks. In 2007, he recorded 40 tackles and two interceptions in 9 games. His hand, knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle injuries struck in ‘06 and ‘07, forcing Tinoisamoa to miss 12 of 32 games. But he stayed healthy last season, playing all 16 games for the fourth time in six NFL seasons.

On May 8, 2009, the Rams' leading tackler in 2008, was given his release.[1] This coming season, Tinoisamoa was scheduled to make a base salary of $3.25 million and count $4.25 million against the cap. Releasing him frees up $2.25 million in cap space.

Chicago Bears

Tinoisamoa agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on May 29, 2009. Pisa was named starting strong-side linebacker in August 2009. He follows Adam Archuleta as another player brought over to the Chicago Bears who was coached under Lovie Smith in St. Louis during Smith's time as defensive coordinator.[2]

Tinoisamoa was placed on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury on December 2, 2009.[3] After the Bears signed linebacker Cato June, Tinoisamoa's jersey number was changed to 49, giving June number 59.[4]

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Preceded by
Travis Fisher
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
2003
Succeeded by
Steven Jackson

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