Tatupu attended King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts. As a senior, he had 110 tackles as a linebacker. Additionally, he threw for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns as a quarterback. He was an All-State pick as a senior; a Sun Chronicle All-Star as a junior and senior; an All-League pick as a junior and senior; and earned All-League Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior.
Tatupu was an All-American for the USC Trojans where he wore the number 58, which is now worn by another Samoan linebacker, Rey Maualuga.
Tatupu transferred to USC after spending freshman year at the University of Maine. He started 25 games in two years for the Trojans as they won back-to-back national championships. He finished his USC career with 202 tackles, nine sacks, seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, 18 pass deflections, and one touchdown.
2005 NFL Draft
Tatupu was selected 45th overall in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
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As a rookie in 2005, he was named to the Pro Bowl, while leading the NFC Champion Seahawks in tackles, with 104. He also had four sacks and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in Seattle's 42-0 Monday Night Football victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.
He is the son of former USC Trojan and New England Patriots fullback Mosi Tatupu.
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