Star Lotulelei Celebrity Life
Born on December 20, 1989, Starlite Lotulelei Jr. is an American football defensive tackle. He was born and raised in Tonga but did his schooling from Bingham High School, South Jordan, Utah.
He did not have a great football experience as a junior but when he finished his senior classes with 72 tackles and 7 sacks.
Lotulelei failed to qualify for Brigham Young University which was his first school of choice. He started selling furniture in Salt Lake City and did that for 1 year.
But things changed after that as he enrolled in Snow College, Utah. There, he played defensive line for the badgers and scored 52 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
In 2010, Lotulelei got admission to the University of Utah where he played for the Utah Utes football team. He became a starter for the team and finished the season with 21 tackles.
In senior year, Lotulelei played as a started in all 12 games at nose tackle. He completed his college with 42 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 4 pass breakups.
Due to his massive physique, quick anticipation, positive instincts, and athleticism, he is often compared to Haloti Ngata. Lotulelei was expecting to be selected in the 2013 NFL draft.
But he was deemed ineligible and unfit for the Scouting Combine because of an abnormally low ejection fraction. Upon further tests and checkups, he was declared completely healthy and fit for the NFL.
After the positive reports from the cardiologists at the University of Utah, Lotulelei was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the very first round.
Along with Sheldon Richardson, he was selected as the second defensive tackle for the franchise.
Star Lotulelei signed a 4-year contract with the Panthers for $9.60 million. In his first NFL season, he was playing as the starting defensive tackle for the team.
Thanks to his agility and quick run, he started for the team in all 16 games. He finished the season with 42 tackles, 3 sacks, and 23 quarterback pressures. It can be viewed as one of the best starting seasons for any rookie player.
He got the rewards for his hard work and dedication as he was named to the All-Rookie teams by different sports analysts like ESPN, and ProFootballFocus.
In the 2014 season of the NFL, he was counted among the top 10 defensive tackles. Lotulelei scored 46 run stops and 40 quarterback pressures in his two seasons of the NFL.
The 2015 NFL season for Lotulelei was not a very promising one as he couldn’t get enough games to play because of a stress reaction in his surgically repaired right foot.
He finished the season with 22 just tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 passes.
In his 6 years of NFL career, he has played a total of 92 games and scored in 91 games. He has a total of 177 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Moreover, he has 2 fumble recoveries, 7 pass deflections, and 1 interception in his tally.
Some of his achievements and accolades are:
- PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013)
- First-team All-American (2012)
- First-team All-Pac-12 (2011, 2012)
- Morris Trophy (2011)
Star Lotulelei moved to Utah when he was just 9 years old. His father is a seminary teacher and has a doctorate from Brigham Young University.
Lotulelei is married to Fuiva, who is a former volleyball player. They have two daughters together and live a happy life.
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