CAREER TRANSACTIONS Isaac Sopoaga
was acquired by the New England Patriots from Philadlphia in a trade for an undisclosed draft selection on Oct. 29, 2013 ... Originally drafted by San Francisco in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft ... Signed by Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent from San Francisco (3/12/13). CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Named to the 2010 USA Today All-Joe team, after tallying a career-high 75 tackles and 1½ sacks in 16 games for San Francisco.
2013 (8/7 – Philadelphia)
- Signed with the Eagles in the offseason and played in eight games with seven starts for the Eagles before being traded to New England midseason. Compiled 18 tackles.
2013 (6/2, 0/0 – New England)
- Acquired in a trade from Philadelphia midseason.
- Started in his first game with the Patriots vs. Pittsburgh (11/3) and defensed one pass.
- Posted his first sack with the Patriots and of the season at Houston (12/1) for an 8-yard loss.
- Was inactive at Baltimore (12/22), vs. Buffalo (12/29), the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Indianapolis (1/11) and the AFC Championship at Denver (1/19).
2012 (15/9, 3/1 – San Francisco)
- Played in 15 games with nine starts and registered 55 tackles and one sack.
- Recorded his first postseason sack at Atlanta (1/20).
- Was part of a defense that held Arizona (10/29), tying for the fewest allowed by a 49ers team in franchise history.
- Brought down QB Russell Wilson at Seattle (12/23) for his only sack of the season.
2011 (15/15, 2/2 – San Francisco)
- Started all 15 regular season games he played in at nose tackle and saw action as a short-yardage blocker and occasional pass receiver on offense. Finished with 68 tackles and one sack.
- Started both playoff games and compiled 10 tackles.
- Helped limit the Rams to just 31 yards on the ground without allowing a rushing first down vs. St. Louis (10/24), marking the first time the 49ersdid not allow a rushing first down since 11/29/10 at Arizona.
- Tied a career high with eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, and notched two quarterback pressures at Baltimore (11/24).
- Caught his first career NFL pass by hauling in an 18-yard reception from QB Alex Smith, setting up a 26-yard field goal by David Akers to clinch a 20-10 win vs. Cleveland (10/30). He also receoverd a fumble in the first quarter which led to a 49ers touchdown after LB Ahmad Brooks stripped the ball away on the opening drive.
2010 (16/16 – San Francisco )
- Started all 16 games and set a career high with 75 tackles, while tying a career-high with 1½ sacks.
- Brought down Chargers QB Philip Rivers for a 7-yard loss at San Diego (12/16).
- Combined with DT Justin Smith to bring down PAckers QB Aaron Rodgers at Green Bay (12/5).
- Saw action at fullback in the fourth quarter vs. Oakland (10/17).
2009 (16/16 – San Francisco )
- Started all 16 games and finished with 69 tackles and a sack.
- Sacked Colts QB Peyton Manning for an 8-yard loss at Indianapolis (11/1).
- Registered seven tackles at Minnesota (9/27).
- Helped hold the Cardinals to 40 yards rushing on 17 carries at Arizona (9/13), while tallying four tackles and one pass defensed.
2008 (16/15 – San Francisco)
- Started 15 of the 16 games in which he appeared and compiled 66 tackles and a sack.
- Sacked Patriots QB MAtt Cassell for a 7-yard loss and added five tackles vs. New England (10/5).
- Compiled a season-high six tackles at New Orleans (9/28).
2007 (16/5 – San Francisco)
- Started five of the 16 games in which he played and made 58 tackles and 1½ sacks.
- Started vs. St. Louis (11/18), at Arizona (11/25) and at Carolina (12/2) at nose tackle in place of the injured Aubrayo Franklin (calf) and recorded 15 tackles and a sack over that span.
- Sacked Panthers QB Vinny Testaverde for a 7-yard loss at Carloina (12/2).
2006 (15/2 – San Francisco)
- Played 15 games with two starts and made 28 tackles and 1½ sacks.
- Made his first start of the season vs. Arizona (12/24) in place of DT Ron Fields and recorded a career-high eight tackles.
- Posted three tackles and his first career sack at Seattle (12/14), taking down QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter to force a Seahawks punt.
- Recovered a fumble on the Rams’ 17-yard line sfter teammate Marques Douglas sacked Rams QB Marc Bulger in teh fourth quarter vs. St. Louis (9/17). The fumble recovery led to a field goal, which gave the 49ers a 20-13 lead.
2005 (16/1 – San Francisco)
- Played in 16 games with one start and finished the season with 28 tackles.
- Made his first career start at Tennessee (11/27) and made three tackles.
2004 (0/0 – San Francisco)
- Spent the season on Injured Reserveafter suffering a back injury in training camp.
- Posted 128 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three passes defensed in 25 games at Hawaii.
- Earned first team All-WAC honors as a senior and garnered second-team All-WAC honors as a junior.
- Prior to transferring to Hawaii, played two years (1999-2000) at College of the Canyons, where he was a two-time All-America selection for the Cougars.
- Led the team to a Western State Conference Championship for the Cougars.
- Named the first-team All-WSC, WSC Division Player of the Year, first team All-State and a first team Junior College All-American following his sophomore season.
- Born Isaako Mikelancelot Sopoaga on Sept. 4, 1981.
- Prepped at Samoana (Pago Pago, American Samoa) High School, where he lettered twice in football and basketball, and once in baseball.
- Named the league’s defensive player of the yaer and earned all-league honors in football as a senior. Also earned first-team all-league honors and was a member of the league championship team as a junior.
- Isaac and his wife, Tumua, have four children: Marcia, Valo, Isaako, Jr. and Hatesa. Isaac met Tumua in 2004 when she was serving as an army nurse in Texas.
Hailing from American Samoa, Sopoaga did not lift weights growing up. "The first time I touched a free weight was when I was in college," Sopoaga said. "We just didn’t have it where I came from." Instread, Sopoaga had a number of unique training methods including lifting bags filled with coconuts and logs from harvested trees. His leg workout was also a little abnormal, as he used to climb trees. Said Sopoaga: "Have you ever seen a 330-pound guy climb a coconut tree?"