Overview
Al Afalava is a safety for the Chicago Bears, who selected him with the 190th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Afalava played four seasons for Oregon State, where he finished his four-year career with 167 tackles and three interceptions. Afalava is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 212 pounds. His last name is pronounced af-a-LAH-vah.
Prep Career
Afalava was rated the second best DB in Hawaii by Scout.com, and was first team all-state on defense in 2004 at Kahuku High School. He led Kahuku to a 10-2 record and the state semifinals. As a junior, he recorded 100 tackles, nine sacks and eight interceptions as Kahuku won the state title.
College Career
Alfalava played four seasons for Oregon State, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in both 2007 and 2008. He started at least one game in each of his four seasons at Oregon State. His best season came in 2007, when he finished third on the team with 64 total tackles and had two recovered fumbles (including one which he returned for a touchdown).
NFL Career
Afalava was selected in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Before the 2009 season, Afalava signed a four-year/$1.850M contract with Chicago.
Personal
Afalava is married; he and his wife Jerrell have two sons. In 2008, Afalava was suspended for one game following a drunk-driving conviction in the spring. He was charged with DUI, criminal mischief and hit-and-run. According to the police report, he missed a turn and crashed his vehicle into a bus shelter at around 4:30 a.m, then left the scene on foot. He pled guilty to DUI and reckless driving; in exchange, the state dropped the hit-and-run charge.
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