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...