A pleasant surprise who played in all 16 games as an undrafted rookie in 2014, Tenny Palepoi is looking to make a comeback after suffering a season-ending foot injury on the opening day of training camp in 2015.
Palepoi was one of only three undrafted rookies to make the Chargers’ opening day roster in 2014. He had a leg up in knowing what to expect in the NFL as his older brother, Anton, spent five years as a defensive end in the League with Seattle, Denver and Arizona. Also, their father, Tony, played professional rugby for Samoa’s National Team.
While Palepoi experienced the highs of playing in the NFL in 2014, he also endured a personal low. Just days before Thanksgiving, his older brother, Francis, passed away at the age of 42. Palepoi left the Chargers to attend his brother’s funeral during a time that is normally reserved for celebration. Shortly after the funeral, Palepoi rejoined his Chargers teammates and matched his season high with three tackles in a 34-33 road win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Palepoi and his wife, Delaney, have two children — daughter Taytum and son Liam.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 13, 2014.
2015: Spent season on “Reserve-Injured” with foot injury.
2014: Season-high two tackles for loss Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City...season high three tackles each in wins over St. Louis Nov. 23 and Baltimore Nov. 30.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-Pac-12 and team captain as senior...played 2012-13 seasons at Utah, totaling 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...spent 2010-11 seasons at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah...NJCAA All-America, first-team All-WSFL and team captain as sophomore in 2011... sociology degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Salt Lake City, Utah...two-time all-state, including first team as senior, at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City...also two-time all-region choice and team captain.