Each week, commenter RandBallsStu (branding!) tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have forgotten. This works out well, except when that athlete yells at us. Stu?
The Hunt Down
Name: Naufahu Tahi
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: fullback for your Minnesota Vikings from 2007-2010. You may remember him for being the 12th man in the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season.
Wikipedia Has An Opinion About Naufahu Tahi and Brad Childress: “He also had 16 receptions for 37 yards, most of which came on one-yard dumpoffs in the flat, a favorite play of Brad Childress and the West Coast Offense playbook.” This bit of innocuous snark highlights the need for a Vikings-centric Wikipedia crafted entirely by the people who call KFAN’s Vikings Fan Line. The misspellings and invective alone would be thrilling and also help legal scholars and laymen alike understand the limits of free speech under the First Amendment.
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: the BYU product was named Utah’s football player of the year as a high school senior by Tom Pelissero’s new employer. He was drafted by the Bengals but never got off their practice squad. After leaving the Vikings in 2010, Tahi signed with the Jaguars for a short period of time in 2012, but never played another NFL game.
Where He Is Now: he is the running backs coach for Granger High School, his alma mater. He is also available to coach you one-on-one if you feel like contacting www.coachedbypros.com. Do not mistakenly go to www.poachedbycrowes.com, as that’s just a guide to the preparation of eggs by southern rock mainstays the Black Crowes, and not a very good one at that.
Is He on Twitter: no.
Has He Been in a Twitter Fight with Patrick Reusse: no.
Glorious Randomness: does Naufahu Tahi make the “reverse Mount Rushmore” of the Minnesota Vikings? Troy Williamson and Dimitrius Underwood seem like no-brainers, but there are many, many other candidates for the other two spots, and I don’t know that Tahi has the requisite infamy to be chiseled into the metaphorical granite.
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