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Last Updated: February 26, 2021

Seattle Seahawks’ Guard Mike Iupati Announces Retirement from Playing in NFL

Introduction

Earlier this week the former star offensive guard of the Seattle Seahawks, Mike Iupati, announced his retirement from playing in the National Football League after 11 outstanding seasons of service in the NFL. The 33 – year – old offensive lineman explained to the media that his body was telling him it was finally time to call it quits from playing pro ball, and that it was time for him to move on to the next phase of his life.

Football Background

The 6 – foot 5 inch and 331 – pound offensive lineman was born and raised in Vaitogi, American Samoa. His family moved to Garden Grove, California prior to Iupati’s high school days. Mike attended Western High School in Anaheim, California where he excelled at the sport of football on both the offensive as well as the defensive line for the Pioneers.

Following high school Iupati enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho where he over achieved as an interior offensive lineman for the Vandals from 2006 through 2009. The San Francisco 49ers selected Mike with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

Career in the National Football League

Iupati played the often unrewarded yet crucial position of offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers from 2010 to 2014 before relocating to Arizona to play with the Cardinals from 2015 to 2018. Eventually Mike signed with the Seattle Seahawks to finish out the last couple years of his NFL career as he played guard for the potent Seahawks offense from 2019 to 2020.

Injuries may have Ended his NFL Career

During the 2020 – 2021 NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks Mike endured a number of various injuries including ailments to his back, neck, and knee. Iupati was only available to start for as well as play in 10 games for the Seahawks due to his injury riddled last year in the National Football League.

Not to mention Seattle’s superstar quarterback, Russell Wilson, was receiving a whole lot of abuse last season as his offensive line was plagued by injuries and inexperienced lineman that were unable to effectively protect the Seattle Seahawks’ captain and their most important player in Wilson. Now that Iupati has decided to retire from playing in the National Football League Seattle will mostly be focused on rebuilding their depleted offensive line prior to the upcoming 2021 – 2022 NFL season.

Iupati’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 4 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • NFL First – Team All – Pro (2012)
  • NFL Second – Team All – Pro (2015)
  • PFW All – Rookie Team (2010)
  • Consensus All – American (2009)
  • First – Team All – WAC (2009)
  • Second – Team All – WAC (2008)

Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Thursday, February 25th, 2021.

Team                                                   Odds
Kansas City Chiefs                               +450
Green Bay Packers                              +850
Tampa Bay Buccaneers                       +850
Buffalo Bills                                         +1100
Los Angeles Rams                              +1200
San Francisco 49ers                           +1400
Baltimore Ravens                                +1600
New Orleans Saints                             +2000
Indianapolis Colts                                +2000
Cleveland Browns                               +2000
Seattle Seahawks                                +2000
Miami Dolphins                                    +2500
Los Angeles Chargers                         +2800
Dallas Cowboys                                   +2800
Tennessee Titans                                 +2800
Pittsburgh Steelers                               +3300
Arizona Cardinals                                 +4000
New England Patriots                          +5000
Minnesota Vikings                                +5000
Atlanta Falcons                                    +5000
Carolina Panthers                                +5000
Denver Broncos                                   +5000
Chicago Bears                                     +6600
New York Giants                                  +6600
Las Vegas Raiders                               +6600
Washington Football Team                   +6600
Philadelphia Eagles                              +8000
New York Jets                                       +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars                           +10000
Cincinnati Bengals                              +10000
Houston Texans                                  +15000
Detroit Lions                                        +15000

 

Sources:

“Four-time Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati says he's retiring after 11 seasons”, Brady Henderson, espn.com, February 22, 2021.

“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, February 25, 2021.


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