Toniu Fonoti

Toniu Fonoti
No. 71, 77, 79
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-11-26) November 26, 1981
Place of birth: American Samoa
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Kahuku (HI)
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 40
Games started: 33
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Toniuolevaiavea Satele Fonoti (born November 26, 1981) is a Samoan-born former player of American college and professional football who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the early 2000s. He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and earned consensus All-American honors. The San Diego Chargers picked him in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins of the NFL.

Early years

Fonoti was born in American Samoa. He attended El Camino High School in Oceanside, California, and played high school football for the El Camino Wildcats. He played his last two years of high school for the Kahuku Red Raiders, located on the north shore of Oahu and earned all-state 1st team honors.

College career

Fonoti attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1999 to 2001. He is only the third freshman in Nebraska team history to earn playing time on the Cornhuskers' offensive line. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2000 and 2001, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American following his 2001 junior season.[1] He was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. During his time as a Cornhusker, he set three team records: single-game record 32 pancake blocks vs. Texas Tech (2001); single-season record of 201 pancake blocks (2001); and career record of 379 pancakes.

Professional career

2002 NFL Draft

Projected as a late first round selection, Fonoti was rated as the No. 1 offensive guard available in the 2002 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[2] He was noted for "[obliterating] defenders at the line of scrimmage", and "[keeping] his feet moving in pass protection and anchors, not giving up an inch of ground".[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3⅞ in 349 lb 5.49 s 1.94 s 3.13 s 4.81 s 8.12 s 28½ in 8 ft 1 in 32 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Miami Dolphins

Fonoti signed with the Miami Dolphins on November 7, 2006.

Atlanta Falcons

Fonoti signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2007, and was released on August 4, 2007.

Carolina Panthers

Fonoti signed with the Carolina Panthers on March 25, 2008, and was released on August 30, 2008.

Detroit Lions

Fonoti signed with the Detroit Lions on May 5, 2009. He was waived on August 11 when the team signed wide receiver Billy McMullen.


Fonoti has a brother, Tauala'i, who plays football at Stanford and another younger brother, La'auli, who plays football at New Mexico State University.


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