Paul Fuapapa Soliai (born December 30, 1983 in Santa Ana, California) is an American Football Nose Tackle for the National Football League (NFL) team – Miami Dolphins. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Soliai spent two seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas for Junior College. He then transferred to the University of Utah in 2004 and was redshirted his first season (he was able to practice with the team his first year but was not able to play any games at the request of the coach. Redshirting does not affect his NCAA eligibility in his remaining college football seasons). In 2005, Soliai played 12 games as a junior and again he played 12 games as a senior the following season in 2006. He earned a Second-team All Mountain West Conference selection.
In 2007, Soliai was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a four year contract and also became the Dolphins franchise tag, giving him one year guaranteed salary of at least $12 million, which is the average of the top 5 salaries at that position.
Soliai was added to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl Roster on January 24, 2012 to replace Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens. On March 14th, he signed a two year extension with the Dolphins worth $12 million, with a guaranteed $6 million for the 2012/13 seasons.
Highlights & Awards:
- 2× All-KJCCC (All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) as an Offensive Line in 2002 and 2003
- First-team JUCO (First-team Junior College) All-American in 2003.
- Second-team All-MWC (All Mountain West Conference) in 2006
- Made the 2011/12 AFC Pro Bowl Roster
Source – Miami Dolphins Website, Wikipedia, Bleacher Report