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Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Te'o-Nesheim in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 50     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-12) June 12, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth: Pago Pago, American Samoa
High School: Kamuela (HI) Hawaii Prep
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Debuted in 2010 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Pac-10 honors (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles     58
Sacks     6.0
Forced fumbles     0

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (/tʌˌnɛˈsm/;[1] born Daniel Nesheim on June 12, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.


Te'o-Nesheim was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa on June 12, 1987 to parents David and Ailota Nesheim. He moved to Mill Creek, Washington at the age of 5. His father, David, died of an aneurysm when Te'o-Nesheim was attending Heatherwood Middle School.[2] Te'o-Nesheim relocated back to American Samoa at age 12 before going on to attend boarding school in Hawaii. Although his last name was originally Nesheim his mother suggested adding the Samoan surname Te'o to it while he was in high school as a tribute to the family's Samoan heritage.[3]

Early years

Te'o-Nesheim was a three-time first team all-league selection as two-way lineman during his high school years at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He helped his team to a 10-2 overall record during his senior year, including a 9-0 league record, before losing in the state semi-finals. He also excelled in track, competing in the shot put and discus. Te'o-Nesheim also lettered in basketball and baseball.[3] He was a high school teammate of center Max Unger.[2]

Te'o-Nesheim was recruited by Oregon, Hawaii and Washington, but committed to Washington a few days prior to signing day in 2005.[2]

College career

Te'o-Nesheim played college football at the University of Washington. He redshirted in 2005 and earned the scout team defensive player of the year award.[4] He was named the defensive MVP in 2007.[2] In 2008, he won the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award, the John P. Angel Defensive Lineman of the Year award, and the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year award. He was named a team captain in 2008 and 2009.[5] He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009.[6]

He started all 49 games of his career recording a total of 194 tackles, 30 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.[3] His 30 sacks set a school record for career sacks, breaking the record set by Ron Holmes, who played from 1981–1984, with 28.[7]

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Te'o-Nesheim was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (86th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a four-year contract on June 16, 2010.[1] Te'o-Nesheim was hindered by a shoulder injury throughout his rookie season,[8] only playing in six games (starting in the season-finale against Dallas after the Eagles clinched a playoff berth) and recording two tackles and one sack. He registered his first career sack in the game against the Cowboys.

Te'o-Nesheim was waived on September 3, 2011, during final roster cuts, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 4.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After spending most of the 2011 season on the Eagles' practice squad, Te'o-Nesheim was signed off of it by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 22.


  1. 1.0 1.1 McPherson, Chris (June 16, 2010). "Te'o-Nesheim Becomes 10th Draft Pick Signed". Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Condotta, Bob (August 25, 2008). "Huskies' Daniel Te'o-Nesheim never stops". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "52 Daniel TE'O-NESHEIM". Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  4. Yanity, Molly (August 15, 2006). "Huskies' Te'o-Nesheim carries above-average attitude". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  5. "Te'o-Nesheim Earns Five Awards". December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  6. Condotta, Bob (December 7, 2009). "Kearse, Butler, Te'o-Nesheim earn all-conference second team honors". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  7. Condotta, Bob (December 6, 2009). "UW's Daniel Te'o-Nesheim sets Huskies career sack record". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  8. Wulf, Bo (April 21, 2011). "Roseman On 2010 Draft Picks". Retrieved 2011-04-21.

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