Manase Jesse Sapolu (born March 10, 1961) is a former football player in the National Football League. Sapolu played both center and offensive guard, and spent his entire 15 year career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform. Born, March 10, 1961, Samoa - raised in Hawaii, Manase "Jesse" Sapolu, one of the most celebrated Samoan NFL football players, was the rock for the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line during the 49ers' 80s/90s dynasty.
The late Bobb McKittrick, whom Bill Walsh called the best Offensive Line Coach of his time, said of Sapolu, "The best technician and most fundamentally sound lineman I have ever coached. Sapolu would have been selected to 9 or 10 Pro Bowls if we did not move him around on the line."
Sapolu, a firm believer in sacrificing individual honors to create Championships, says "I would do it again in a heartbeat; the 4 Super Bowls that I have, proves that we were the best team in the world and no one can take that away. If individual awards were important to me, I would have signed up for tennis in my youth."