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Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

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Saint George, UT

This die hard BYU fan Loved this story of redemption.
Good luck with everything
PS. The gospel is true

West Jordan, UT

Wonderful story. Hope the healing continues for this young man.

Mesa, AZ

What a wonderful lesson in the midst of the vengeful hate-filled rivalry of byu vs Utah. There are good kids on both teams just working hard to execute a game plan. I think Utah may even have more RMs this year than the cougars. Too bad too many fans on both sides place such animosity on the opponent. Heck, it's just a game. The tragedy that Seni endured required a deep courage to overcome that most of us will never even get close to possessing.

Iowa City, IA

Keep fighting young man. Miracles happen.


I hope SI does a followup story at the end of his college career and apologizes for how they made him look nationally in their article. Probably won't, though, as pieces like this don't get as many reads as bad news and exposes.

Seni's a funny, friendly kid off the field, but a scrapper on it, and should make a much better name for himself through his play than for his prior juvenile actions.


RM's BYU 64 Utah 27 DNews had an article a few weeks ago I believe the number of RM's playing was 119 but I'm pretty sure the Y had the most by a whole bunch.

Las Vegas, NV

Thanks for a great story of 2nd chances! Keep up the good work young man

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

Wonderful story!

As a BYU fan, I loathe the animosity that follows the rivalry. There are great kids with great stories on both teams. we should be able to cheer our team without having to wish the worst on the other.

riverton, utah

This story has nothing to do with the rilalry. It is an inspiring story about a young man who because of suffering a loss made some bad decisions and than changed his life. I love stories like this one. I am going to strive to do better in my life. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm rooting for Seni in life.

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Pleasant Grove, UT

Best of luck to Seni in his life - football, school, family, everything. What a great kid. Thanks for the story, Amy.

Idaho Falls, ID

Please, armed robbery is not a "mistake." it's a crime.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Stay strong Seni. Best of luck to you.

Mount Pleasant, UT

This story about a remarkable young man would uplift anyone who was in trouble whether mentally, physically or spiritually. And thank goodness for those who reached out to help him over this huge bump. It's a lesson of what happens when one makes a bad choice and how important repentance plays a part in the life of a less-than-perfect human being. The story gave me hope and brought much happiness to my heart. This world of ours is a toughie to get through sometimes but there will always be someone who cares enough to help, encourage and believe in us. This I firmly believe is there for us, all of us when we stay close to our Savior Jesus Christ..

Idaho Falls, ID

If this kid were a skater and not a football player, he would still be sitting in a jail cell.

West Jordan, UT

Powerful testament to good coaches like Peck and Whittingham, they are in the business for the right reason! I admire them both. I wish ALL HIGH SCHOOL COACHES could be like Peck - but sadly they are not.
And Seni, Your grief is completely understandable. Your turn-around choices ROCK!
Stay the course.

Lehi, UT

@EdGrady: Get off your high horse and look for the good. Maybe you know someone who is perfect and has never made a mistake. Jail or prison does not make a person any better than when he/she went in; in fact, it has been proven that it makes them worse. Ask those who have served time and you'll get the truth.

Yes, it was a juvenile mistake by someone who should have known better, but because of tragic circumstances had his life in turmoil for a short period of time. That doesn't forgive the mistake or crime, but it gives us all hope for repentance and forgiveness. Forgiveness is the most difficult thing for ALL of us to practice, even when we ourselves need it most!

And to wiseoldwoman: There are a lot of other coaches (and teachers) who silently make great contributions to their charges and go unnoticed. We should all take a minute to thank those who have mentored us.

Thanks, Amy. Well said!!

West Jordan, UT

Not many times you get a little choked up reading an article about a football player's history. This was one of those times for me. I don't care which team he plays for, I am just impressed with everyone involved in this story. Congratulations Seni for a great start to the football season and I will continue to cheer for you from the stands...for both the work you will do on the field and the life you will live.

Thanks for the inspiring story that hopefully will help everyone involved to remember the more important things in life.

Highland, UT

I very much loved this story and am happy this kid as seemingly turned his life around. But I do take exception to the attempt to paint the crime he committed as a "mistake". It was an armed robbery. They took a gun, pointed it at people, threatened them and stole from them. It is incredibly serious and not something to be considered a "mistake". Mistakes are things like using a tablespoon of salt when the recipe calls for a teaspoon, this was a crime that was knowingly and willingly committed, please quit trying to minimize it or explain it away.

That said I hope this young man continues to work toward redemption, it would be tragic if he does not capitalize on the obvious breaks his staus as a football player have given to him. I highly doubt the university of utah would have taken him as a student if he had just been some guy that committed a similar crime and I hope he realizes he is being given opportunities most of the rest of us never would have been given if we'd done similar things.

MoTown, CA

Everyone deserves a second chance, especially when kids are young and confused. I loved this story and it made me want to be a better person, mentor, example after reading it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mesa, 00

Great story about overcoming and placing your trust in the Savior. He's paid his price to society and he's getting on with life. Good for you!

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