Tenny Palepoi enjoyed a solid bounce-back season in 2016. Just a year removed from a season-ending foot injury suffered on the opening day of training camp in 2015, Palepoi played in 13 games in 2016 and finished the year with 23 tackles and 20 pressures.
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 three children — daughters Taytum and Remi, and son Liam.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 13, 2014.
2017: Appeared in 15 games after missing the first due to a suspension that carried over from the end of the 2016 season...Registered 37 tackles (20 solo), including the first sack of his career and eight tackles for loss…Part of a defensive unit that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL with 43 sacks...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Made his season debut, posting three solo tackles and a tackle for loss on 25 defensive snaps...Marked the 30th game played of his career...Contributed on 13 special teams plays...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 10 plays on defense and 12 on special teams...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Tied career high with five tackles (four solo), including two tackles for loss...Contributed on 17 defensive snaps and 13 on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Saw action on 11 defensive plays and seven on special teams, posting two tackles (one solo)…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Registered two tackles (one solo) and a tackle for loss…Appeared on 12 snaps on defense and seven on special teams…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Totaled two tackles (one solo) while appearing on 26 defensive plays and four on special teams…at New England (Oct. 29): Assisted on two tackles while seeing action on 23 snaps on defense and 18 on special teams…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Posted two tackles (one solo) while participating on 16 defensive plays and 10 on special teams…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Saw action in his ninth game of the season, participating on 29 plays on defense and 18 on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Participated on 15 plays on defense and two on special teams, finishing with three tackles (two solo), a sack and a tackle for loss…Registered the first sack of his career on a seven-yard takedown of QB Dak Prescott as the quarterback scrambled away from NT Brandon Mebane and S Adrian Phillips…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Appeared in the 40th game of his career, assisting on two tackles…Saw action on 18 defensive plays and five on special teams…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Appeared on 14 plays on defense and seven on special teams, finishing with three tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Posted four tackles (three solo) and a tackle for loss…Played 19 snaps on defense and 15 on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Appeared on 20 defensive plays and three on special teams…Assisted on two tackles…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Totaled four tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss on 15 defensive snaps…Brought down RB Marshawn Lynch on fourth-and-two to force a turnover on downs after S Rayshawn Jenkins made first contact with Lynch to prevent him turning the corner…Contributed on six special teams plays.
2016: Led defensive line with four pressures Sept. 25 at Indianapolis...tied for team-high with four pressures in 21-13 win vs. Denver Oct. 13...shared key two-yard tackle for loss with Melvin Ingram in OT to help Chargers to 33-30 win at Atlanta Oct. 23...pair of pressures and QB hits Oct. 30 at Denver...Team Captain Nov. 6 vs. Tennessee...suspended four games Dec. 12.
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 vs. 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.