|No. -- Spokane Shock|
|Date of birth:June 30, 1982|
|Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)|
|Undrafted in 2006|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Utah Blaze|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Vaka Manupuna (born June 30, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Colorado.
As a senior, Manupuna earned first-team all-state honors from both the Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin for St. Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii. SuperPrep named him to its All-Far West team, ranked as the No. 72 player overall in the region, and he also earned first-team all-Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) honors for a second straight year. As a senior, he registered 37 solo tackles (about 60 overall), with four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and three quarterback sacks.
Manupuna played college football at the University of Colorado and started in all 13 games as a senior, including the Champs Sports Bowl. He enjoyed his best season as a senior where he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches. Manupuna had 52 total tackles on his senior season (28 solo), including four for losses, five third down stops, seven quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.
First stint with RedskinsEdit
New York JetsEdit
Second stint with RedskinsEdit
Manupuna was re-signed to a future contract by the Washington Redskins. He was released on May 15, re-signed on August 2 and released again on August 13.
Third stint with RedskinsEdit
Manupuna was re-signed by the Washington Redskins on May 1, 2009. He was waived on August 4, 2009.