Hercules Mata'afa

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#50

Experience: 4 years

Height: 6-2

Age: 26

Weight: 256 lbs

College: Washington State

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Biography

• Started 1st career game in 2020 finale at Detroit (1/3/21).

• Named the 2017 AP Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (9.5) and TFL (21.5).

• Part of AP All-Pac 12 defensive unit in 2017 that included future Vikings teammates Troy Dye (1st-Team LB) and Cameron Smith (2nd-Team LB).

OFF THE FIELD

• One of 7 children in his family.

• Sister Gina-Bella is a water polo player at Durham University in the United Kingdom and younger sister Lalelei is an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national champion.

• Entering 2021, changed to jersey #50, returning to his college jersey after wearing 51 previously with the Vikings.

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