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Ropati Pitoitua
DE #92
Height:
6-8
Weight:
298
College:
Washington State
Experience:
7

Biography

PRO: Early during the 2013 offseason, the Titans signed Ropati Pitoitua (pronounced roe-POT-ee pee-TOE-uh-too-ah) as an unrestricted free agent to add experience and size to the defensive end rotation.  Over his first three seasons with the team, he appeared in 33 total games with 24 starts, including career highs of 16 games and 13 starts in 2013.  Pitoitua’s 6-foot-8, 298-pound frame makes him an ideal run-stopping end in the team’s base defense.  The former Washington State Cougar joined the New York Jets in 2008 and appeared in 22 total games through the 2011 season.  In 2012, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in 15 games with 10 starts in his only campaign with the club.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In his first season in Tennessee, Pitoitua played in all 16 games for the first time in his career with a career-high 13 starts.  He led the team’s defensive linemen with 91 tackles and added four sacks, both career highs.  
•    In 2012, Pitoitua joined the Kansas City Chiefs and set then-career highs in virtually every category, including games (15), starts (10) and sacks (two).   
•    Pitoitua notched his first multi-sack game against San Diego on Sept. 30, 2012, dropping Philip Rivers on two occasions.    
•    In four seasons with the New York Jets (2008-11), saw action in 22 games with 22 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Pitoitua was born in Samoa.  He came to the United States in 1995.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Samoa native was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Released by Jets on Sept. 2, 2008 and added to the Jets practice squad the following day.
•    Released from the practice squad by the Jets on Dec. 17, 2008.
•    Signed with Jets as a free agent on Dec. 30, 2008.
•    Released by Jets on May 2, 2011.
•    Signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 8, 2012.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 25, 2013.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 36 games (25 starts) at Washington State, amassing 116 tackles (58 solo), 19.0 tackles for loss (-83.0 yards), 8.5 sacks (-59.0 yards), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 12 games, collecting 42 tackles (20 solo), five quarterback pressures and one pass defensed. Earned the Leon Bender Award as well as Defensive Lineman of the Year recognition.
•    As a junior (2006), started nine games and recorded 37 tackles (16 solo), a career-best 7.5 tackles for loss (-24.0 yards), 2.5 sacks (-12.0 yards) and four quarterback pressures.
•    As a sophomore (2005), played in seven games, registering 13 tackles (six solo), 1.0 sack (-5.0 yards) and one forced fumble.
•    As a freshman (2004), saw action in eight games (four starts), registering 24 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss (-44.0 yards), a career-high 5.0 sacks (-42.0 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.  Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
•    Majored in humanities.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Briana with one son, Ryder.
•    Played at Clover Park (Lakewood, Wash.) High School for the first time as a junior.
•    Named the Seamount League Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior in 2002.
•    Follow Pitoitua on Instagram: @mrp79
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Tombstone”; (music) island and reggae music; and (music artists) J Boog, Fiji and Bob Marley.
•    Born Ropati Pitoitua on April 6, 1985 in American Samoa.
PRO: Early during the 2013 offseason, the Titans signed Ropati Pitoitua (pronounced roe-POT-ee pee-TOE-uh-too-ah) as an unrestricted free agent to add experience and size to the defensive end rotation.  Over his first three seasons with the team, he appeared in 33 total games with 24 starts, including career highs of 16 games and 13 starts in 2013.  Pitoitua’s 6-foot-8, 298-pound frame makes him an ideal run-stopping end in the team’s base defense.  The former Washington State Cougar joined the New York Jets in 2008 and appeared in 22 total games through the 2011 season.  In 2012, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and played in 15 games with 10 starts in his only campaign with the club.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In his first season in Tennessee, Pitoitua played in all 16 games for the first time in his career with a career-high 13 starts.  He led the team’s defensive linemen with 91 tackles and added four sacks, both career highs.  
•    In 2012, Pitoitua joined the Kansas City Chiefs and set then-career highs in virtually every category, including games (15), starts (10) and sacks (two).   
•    Pitoitua notched his first multi-sack game against San Diego on Sept. 30, 2012, dropping Philip Rivers on two occasions.    
•    In four seasons with the New York Jets (2008-11), saw action in 22 games with 22 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Pitoitua was born in Samoa.  He came to the United States in 1995.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Samoa native was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Released by Jets on Sept. 2, 2008 and added to the Jets practice squad the following day.
•    Released from the practice squad by the Jets on Dec. 17, 2008.
•    Signed with Jets as a free agent on Dec. 30, 2008.
•    Released by Jets on May 2, 2011.
•    Signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 8, 2012.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 25, 2013.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 36 games (25 starts) at Washington State, amassing 116 tackles (58 solo), 19.0 tackles for loss (-83.0 yards), 8.5 sacks (-59.0 yards), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 12 games, collecting 42 tackles (20 solo), five quarterback pressures and one pass defensed. Earned the Leon Bender Award as well as Defensive Lineman of the Year recognition.
•    As a junior (2006), started nine games and recorded 37 tackles (16 solo), a career-best 7.5 tackles for loss (-24.0 yards), 2.5 sacks (-12.0 yards) and four quarterback pressures.
•    As a sophomore (2005), played in seven games, registering 13 tackles (six solo), 1.0 sack (-5.0 yards) and one forced fumble.
•    As a freshman (2004), saw action in eight games (four starts), registering 24 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss (-44.0 yards), a career-high 5.0 sacks (-42.0 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.  Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
•    Majored in humanities.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Briana with one son, Ryder.
•    Played at Clover Park (Lakewood, Wash.) High School for the first time as a junior.
•    Named the Seamount League Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior in 2002.
•    Follow Pitoitua on Instagram: @mrp79
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Tombstone”; (music) island and reggae music; and (music artists) J Boog, Fiji and Bob Marley.
•    Born Ropati Pitoitua on April 6, 1985 in American Samoa.
 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 70 150 96 54 9 0 6 0 0 0 -- 0
2015 TEN 5 3 2 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 TEN 12 30 15 15 2 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 16 44 34 10 4 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2012 KC 15 51 32 19 2 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 NYJ 14 19 11 8 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 NYJ 8 3 2 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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