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Four-time Super Bowl champion talks to OC All-Stars about overcoming adversity

Four-time Super Bowl champion talks to OC All-Stars about overcoming adversity

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...

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