Joe Salave'a
Joe Salave'a
No. 95     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-03-23) March 23, 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth: Leone, American Samoa
High School: Oceanside (CA)
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 107
Debuted in 1998 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2006 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles     119
Sacks     7.5
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Joe Fagaone Salave'a (/sɑːləˈv.ə/; born March 23, 1975) is an American football coach, currently serving as Defensive Line coach at the Washington State University. He is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. Standing 6'5" and 317 pounds, he primarily plays defensive tackle.

Early lifeEdit

Salave'a moved to Oceanside, California near San Diego, in 1989, and graduated from Oceanside High School.

College careerEdit

Salave'a attended and played college football at the University of Arizona. In football, he was a three-year starter and a two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection.

Professional careerEdit

He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in the 1998 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with Tennessee and one with the San Diego Chargers, before being signed by the Washington Redskins. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Salave'a appeared as a substitute,[1] however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams. Playing primarily as a backup, Salave'a had a break-through year in 2004, registering 30 tackles and two sacks for the second-ranked Redskins defense. In 2005, he started 13 games and had 50 tackles, a half-sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, helping to lead the Redskins to their first playoff appearance of the decade.

Salave'a was released by the Redskins on August 28, 2007.

College coaching careerEdit

Salave'a was named a defensive assistant coach at San Jose State University by his former coach at the University of Arizona, Dick Tomey in April 2008, where he coached for two seasons. After not working during the 2010 season, he was named Defensive Line coach at the University of Arizona on December 16, 2010.


Salave'a's older brother Okland Salave'a played football at Colorado from 1987–1989. Salave'a also has his own foundation—the Joe Salave'a Foundation.


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