Samson Satele
Satele with the Raiders in December 2009
No. 64     Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-29) November 29, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Kailua, Hawaii
High School: Kailua (HI)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 299 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Debuted in 2007 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
* Miami Dolphins ( 2007 2008)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× second-team All-WAC (2003, 2004)
  • 2× first-team All-WAC (2005, 2006)
  • PFW All-Rookie Team (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played     89
Games started     85
Fumble recoveries     1
Stats at

Samson H. Satele (born November 29, 1984) is an American football center for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

Satele has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Satele attended Kailua High School where he was a First-team All-State Offensive lineman as a senior. He was also a three-time letterman in basketball and track, performing in the shot put and the discus. He was named the school's athlete of the year as a junior.

College career[edit | edit source]

Satele was a four-year letterman at the University of Hawaii. While there, he majored in Sociology.

As a true freshman in 2002, he redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, he made his first career start at Left tackle. The final 13 starts of his redshirt freshman season were at Left guard, as he earned Second-team All-Conference honors. As a sophomore in 2004, he started all 13 games, including 10 at Left guard and three at Center. As a junior in 2005, he started all 12 games at Left guard and was named a First-team All-WAC selection. He helped Hawai'i rank second in the nation in passing offense (384.25 ypg) and 11th in total offense (476.17 ypg). As a senior in 2006, he served as a team captain as a senior, while starting all 12 games at Center. He was a First-team All-WAC selection. He helped lead the offense that led the nation in total offense (559.21 ypg), passing offense (441.29 ypg) and scoring (46.86 ppg).

Satele started each of the 53 games in which he played during his college career, a streak that was the longest among active players in college football in 2006.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Satele was selected in the second round (60th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. As a rookie in 2007, he started all four preseason games and all 16 regular season games at Center. He was selected to the all-rookie team by the Dallas Morning News,'s Gil Brandt and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America, among others.[1][2][3] During the 2008 season, Satele again started all 16 games at center but also guard late in the season. In the 2009 offseason, the Dolphins signed free agent center Jake Grove, prompting speculation Satele could moved to right guard. Instead, the Dolphins traded him to the Oakland Raiders on March 23, 2009 in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and a swap of picks in the fourth round.[4]

Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

In 2009, Satele replaced Grove as the 9th starting center in Raider history, playing in 12 games. Although Satele was demoted at the beginning of the 2010 NFL season in favor of rookie Jared Veldheer, that lasted only one game. Satele got his job back the following week and started the rest of the season (15 games) for a team with their best won-lost record at 8-8 since winning the AFC championship game during the 2002 NFL season, playing on a good offensive line between Robert Gallery (12 games) at left guard and Cooper Carlisle (all 16 games) at right guard, helping Darren McFadden obtain 1,157 yards rushing and 5.2 yards per rush, the offense scoring 410 points.

On opening day of the 2011 NFL season, Satele played between Carlisle and a new left guard, rookie Stefen Wisniewski, helping Darren McFadden and others rush for 190 yards in a win against the Denver Broncos. The three linemen stayed together all year, the two guards starting all 16 games and Satele missing only one. Yet the offense was inconsistent, scoring a lower number of points (359), and the team stayed at 8-8.

Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

On March 21, 2012, Satele signed with the Indianapolis Colts to replace long-time incumbent Jeff Saturday at center.[5]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Satele is the nephew of former Hawaii Warriors and San Diego Chargers linebacker Alvis Satele. He is a cousin of former Hawai'i teammate and guard Hercules Satele, who was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and the Spokane Shock of the af2 in 2009.[6] He is also a distant cousin of Reagan Mauia, who was also drafted by the Dolphins in the 2007 NFL Draft. He is also cousin of Isaac Leatiota, offensive guard for the Arena Football League football team, the San Jose Sabercats. Melila Purcell is also another notable family member of Satele. He is also cousin of Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Brashton Satele.

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