Getting To Know Lofa Tatupu

Justin ChartreyContributor IMay 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 19: Linebacker Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks plays against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Few players make as much of an impact in their rookie seasons as Seattle Seahawks' linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

The former USC Trojan and three time Pro Bowler for Seattle quickly emerged as one of the top defensive players of his class along with San Diego's Shawn Merriman and is now the undisputed leader in the huddle on game day.

But there is more to his story than what millions of people see between the sidelines on Sundays. Here are 10 questions to help fans answer the question: Who is Lofa Tatupu?

Q: Entering into your fifth season with the Seahawks, have you finally adjusted from Los Angeles living to making your home in the Pacific Northwest? What was the biggest change?

Q: Growing up in football all your life, what has it been like playing as an NFL Legacy? How much of an impact has your father Mosi Tatupu had on your playing career at USC and in the NFL?

Q: Another Trojan recently graduated with your same number, 58, Rey Maualuga. Do you take any extra pride, sharing a position and a number with a fellow Samoan? Is there a certain pride you take in your heritage and in the way Samoans have made big strides into the NFL over the years?

Q: Everyone seems to have their own pregame ritual, but what is your routine like the day before a game? How much does it change when you're at home and when you're on the road?

Q: Who are the five teammates you hit the town with the most? Who usually pays?

Q: Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones are widely known as pranksters in the locker room, what was your initiation as a Seahawk like? Have you taken the torch in that regard at all with the new rookies? Anything in store for rookie linebacker Aaron Curry?

Q: Qwest Field is quickly gaining recognition as one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, what do you think of the allegations that the stadium crew pumps artificial sound into the stadium? Just how good are the Seattle fans compared to other football powerhouses like Pittsburgh or New York?

Q: Is Pittsburgh still a sore subject, going on four years later? How quickly do you, as a player, move on from something that created such an uproar as the 2006 Super Bowl?

Q: This might be a bit of a touchy subject, but how much do you feel you've grown, not only as a professional, but as a person after your DWI in 2008? Do you feel it affected the way you were perceived in the Seattle community and if so, how have you worked to try and change that perception over this past year?

Q: Where would you like your career to end up when it's all said and done? Would you prefer to stay with Seattle long term or test the waters when the time comes? Do you have any plans after football?