Vai's View: NFL Draft day memories

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  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    May 1, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    That's right you did cost us the Citris Bowl! Bad memory!

  • Wolfpack81 South Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    My "brother" Vai is not only a great writer, but very humble. In the NFL's modern era (1970-present),Vai is one of only 11 players drafted in the 10th round to ever be selected to Pro Bowl during their careers. He is among only 32 players drafted in the the 10th round or later to ever be named All-Pro and only one of two running backs drafted in the 10th round or later ever to become a Pro Bowler (the other being Earnest Byner, drafted in 10th round in 1984). He also holds the unique distinction as being the only 10th or later round pick to be selected to the Pro Bowl and named All-Pro as a rookie.

    From 1970-76 the NFL Draft had 17 rounds and from 1977-92 it had 12 rounds. In 1993 there were 8 rounds in the draft and the following year the NFL went to its current format of 7 rounds. Still, Vai Sikahema is among the greatest overachievers in NFL history, and has continued to be a "gold-standard" human being and Latter-day Saint since his football career ended.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 29, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    If So'oto and Rich do not get drafted they should take a look at the Texan's as FAs. So'oto is very similar in size and speed to Brooks Reed who the Texan's drafted second as a pass rushing line backer. Reed is weak against the run. So'oto can rush but he is good against the run.

    Rich may not be a burner but he is smart (game speed is what really counts). Glover Quinn (UNM) will the the starting safety unless they buy a better one. Rich could back up Quinn. Wade Phillips is looking for hitters with an attitude. The nature of the Texan D is changing rapidly. They have switched to the 3-4 and looking for players who fit.

  • Backtothebasics Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    This just goes to show that the Lord works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform. Vai, you were supposed to have this happen and we are so happy you chose to share it so we could remember to have faith and stand back and watch what the Lord can do. You were one of our sons' favorite BYU players. Thanks for the great article!

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    April 29, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    Best line: "I had never seen a check with a comma..."

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    April 29, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Anxious to hear perspective from insiders. There is definitely a lot of glamour with this, however, I keep hearing comments the NFL stands for "No Fun League" or "Not For Long".

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    April 29, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Vai (of is it Val!!), aside from your multi-part mission recap (my absolute favorites), this is my favorite piece you've written. Very insightful, as all your updates are. Thanks so much for sharing so many personal observations and insights. I look foward to reading about your initial NFL experience!

  • BYUdude North Salt Lake, UT
    April 29, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    Wow, what a great article. I can't wait to hear more next week.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    April 29, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    good guy. thanks

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 29, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    Vai, thanks for the insights into the draft and your family. I love how you described the genuine suprise you all felt that day.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 29, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Another great article Vai.
    Thank you

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    April 29, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    I was a student at BYU from 1977-1982 and then worked at the English Language Center from 1982-1986. I remember well watching Vai play. I had forgotten about those fumbles against Ohio State. Thanks for the reminder......

    Anyhow, this was a very, very interesting article. I can hardly wait for the next installment.

    Thanks for the inside scoop on the whole draft process and entry into the NFL.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 29, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    Wow! Can't wait until next week.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    April 29, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Mr. Sikahema that was an interesting and touching story. You made my day, thank you.

    All the best to you and yours!