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Al Afalava
SS #38
Height:
5-11
Weight:
212
College:
Oregon State
Experience:
4

Biography

 

PRO: Al Afalava (pronounced ah-fah-LAH-vuh) is a hard-hitting, physical safety in his second campaign with the Titans.  He was signed as a free agent in January 2012 after spending the two previous seasons with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.  The Oregon State product also is a valuable contributor on special teams.  Afalava started 13 games for the Bears as a rookie in 2009 and contributed on special teams with the Colts in his second campaign.  In his first season in Tennessee, he appeared in 12 games with a pair of starts.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Afalava played in 12 games with a pair of starts in 2012, his first season with the Titans.  He registered his first career interception at Indianapolis on Dec. 9, 2012.
•    As a rookie with the Bears in 2009, Afalava started 13 games and ranked second on the team with six passes defensed.  He added 53 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Kahuku, Hawaii, native was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
•    Waived by the Bears on Sept. 4, 2010.
•    Signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 23, 2010 and waived on Sept. 3, 2011.
•    Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Jan. 5, 2012.

COLLEGE:
•    Started 39 of 47 career games in four seasons at Oregon State.  Registered 167 career tackles, 14 passes defensed, three interceptions, one sack, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior (2008), started 11 games and posted 36 tackles and a pair of interceptions.   
•    As a junior (2007), started 13 games and contributed 64 tackles, three passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
•    As a sophomore (2006), appeared in 14 games with nine starts.  Totaled 35 tackles, three passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.
•    As a freshman (2005), appeared in nine games with six starts.  Had 32 tackles and two forced fumbles.
•    Majored in liberal studies.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Kahuku, Hawaii, with his wife, Jerrell, and their three sons, Darius, Daynian and Drayson.
•    Named first-team All-State as a senior at Kahuku (Hawaii) High School.  Led team to state title and 14-0 record as a junior.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Braveheart”; (TV show) “SportsCenter”; (actor/actress) Denzel Washington; (music artist) Bone Thugs N Harmony; (car) 1986 Monte Carlo; (video game) Madden NFL Football; (food) Samoan food; (sports hero as a child) Michael Jordan; and (sports team other than the Titans) Miami Heat.
•    Born Al Afalava on Jan. 20, 1987 in Kahuku, Hawaii.

 

PRO: Al Afalava (pronounced ah-fah-LAH-vuh) is a hard-hitting, physical safety in his second campaign with the Titans.  He was signed as a free agent in January 2012 after spending the two previous seasons with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.  The Oregon State product also is a valuable contributor on special teams.  Afalava started 13 games for the Bears as a rookie in 2009 and contributed on special teams with the Colts in his second campaign.  In his first season in Tennessee, he appeared in 12 games with a pair of starts.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Afalava played in 12 games with a pair of starts in 2012, his first season with the Titans.  He registered his first career interception at Indianapolis on Dec. 9, 2012.
•    As a rookie with the Bears in 2009, Afalava started 13 games and ranked second on the team with six passes defensed.  He added 53 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Kahuku, Hawaii, native was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
•    Waived by the Bears on Sept. 4, 2010.
•    Signed by the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 23, 2010 and waived on Sept. 3, 2011.
•    Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Jan. 5, 2012.

COLLEGE:
•    Started 39 of 47 career games in four seasons at Oregon State.  Registered 167 career tackles, 14 passes defensed, three interceptions, one sack, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior (2008), started 11 games and posted 36 tackles and a pair of interceptions.   
•    As a junior (2007), started 13 games and contributed 64 tackles, three passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
•    As a sophomore (2006), appeared in 14 games with nine starts.  Totaled 35 tackles, three passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble.
•    As a freshman (2005), appeared in nine games with six starts.  Had 32 tackles and two forced fumbles.
•    Majored in liberal studies.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Kahuku, Hawaii, with his wife, Jerrell, and their three sons, Darius, Daynian and Drayson.
•    Named first-team All-State as a senior at Kahuku (Hawaii) High School.  Led team to state title and 14-0 record as a junior.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Braveheart”; (TV show) “SportsCenter”; (actor/actress) Denzel Washington; (music artist) Bone Thugs N Harmony; (car) 1986 Monte Carlo; (video game) Madden NFL Football; (food) Samoan food; (sports hero as a child) Michael Jordan; and (sports team other than the Titans) Miami Heat.
•    Born Al Afalava on Jan. 20, 1987 in Kahuku, Hawaii.
 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 29 73 54 19 2 0 8 1 0 0 -- 0
2012 TEN 12 16 8 8 0 -- 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2010 IND 4 4 3 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CHI 13 53 43 10 2 -- 7 -- -- -- -- --

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