Vai Sikahema

Vai Sikahema
Vai Sikahema, BYU 2016 Alumni Chapters Conference, Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (cropped).jpg
Born: (1962-08-29) 29 August 1962 (age 59)
Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Career information
Position(s)Running back
Kickoff returner
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight191 lb (87 kg)
CollegeBrigham Young
High schoolMesa (Mesa, Arizona)
NFL draft1986 / Round: 10 / Pick: 254
Career history
As player
1986–1990St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
1991Green Bay Packers
1992–1993Philadelphia Eagles
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls1986, 1987
Career stats
General Authority Seventy
April 3, 2021 (2021-04-03)
Called byRussell M. Nelson
Personal details
Born (1962-08-29) August 29, 1962 (age 59)
Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Spouse(s)Keala Heder (m. 1984)
Children4

Vai Sikahema (born 29 August 1962) has been a general authority seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2021.[1][2] Of Tongan descent, he is a former American football player who led his team to the 1979 high school state championship game.[3] The first Tongan ever to play in the National Football League (NFL), he played running back and kickoff returner in the league for eight seasons, from 1986 to 1993. He played college football for the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars, and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) in the tenth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He also played for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles before retiring after the 1993 season. He has also been a television news reporter. Since retiring from the NFL, he served as Sports Director for WCAU, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Philadelphia from 1994 to 2020.[4]

Sikahema is an older cousin of fellow Tongan NFL player Deuce Lutui.[5]

  1. ^ "Elder Vaiangina Sikahema". Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  2. ^ "See the 8 newly sustained General Authority Seventies and 3 Primary general presidency members". TheChurchNews.com. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Vai May Be Slow But He's An All-Pro". DeseretNews.com. Associated Press. 24 July 1988. Archived from the original on 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ Michel Tanenbaum (31 July 2020). "Vai Sikahema to retire in November after 26 years at NBC10". PhillyVoice. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Tongan pair join Big Ben centre stage". The Australian. Agence France-Presse. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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