The Philadelphia Eagles are signing Pittsburgh Maulers DT Olive Sagapolu, following a successful workout last week.
While the Maulers had an up and down season offensively, their defense was quite consistent. Olive Sagapolu played a key role in Pittsburgh’s defensive success, serving as one of the top defensive lineman in the USFL.
In 2023, Sagapolu continued to make an impact. He finished the year with 22 tackles, three TFL, and four sacks. Olive was a menace in the trenches, feasting with a line that was one of the best – if not the best – in the entire league this year.
HUGE TURNOVER!!! The touchdown does not stand, but the ball is ours! 👏 #USFLChampionship
One of his highlights came in the USFL Championship game, against Birmingham. Reuben Foster forced a fumble on QB Alex McGough, and Sagapolu scooped it up. He then handed it to Eli Walker, who returned it for a touchdown. Unfortunately, a forward handoff negated the score.
In addition, Sagapolu sent Pittsburgh to the Championship, batting away a pass at the line of scrimmage in overtime.
For Sagapolu, the NFL isn’t new territory. The former Wisconsin standout spent time with the Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons.
Now, he’ll be able to pursue his NFL dream once again, this time with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have already signed another USFL athlete, with Stallions WR Deon Cain heading there a couple of weeks ago.
So far, the Pittsburgh Maulers have sent three players to the NFL, including: