Arwin Rahmatpanah looked forward to two things on Friday night, eating a lot of meat and listening to someone who played with a lot of heart in the NFL, despite the player having a heart defect.
While most of the recent high school graduates at the Orange County All-Star Classic football banquet at Costa Mesa Country Club did not know guest speaker Jesse Sapolu’s story, Rahmatpanah heard it before. Sapolu, an offensive lineman, played with a torn aortic valve for most of his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers.
The story of how Sapolu, a Costa Mesa resident, overcame adversity and went on to win four Super Bowls never gets old for Rahmatpanah.
As Sapolu played...
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) stands over Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after he was sacked by Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit.