Utah football player critically injured in accident

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  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    Sad news!!! Our thoughts and prayers to help this fine young man and family!!! May you recover and have a full and happy life wither you are able to play football again or not!!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Moana is a great kid who I really like. I loved watching him play at Westlake. The announcers sure knew his name because they had to call it so often.

    My heart goes out to the Ofahengaue family.

    Go Moana!

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    To Moana and his family, we are pulling for you. Life is full of trials and tragedy, but together we are strong and can overcome. Go Moana, Go Utes

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    I pray for Moana to stabilize.

    The lure of motorcycles justifies the danger all to often. I lost three friends to the bullet bike craze of the 1980's. Two of them were very close friends. Also, my best friend had a motorcycle accident where he awoke from unconsciousness only to find the car that struck him had come to a stop less than two feet from his head (staring right at the tire at the time).

    My stories aside, I encourage those with the desire to ride motorcycles to please check the fatality stats for motorcycle riders. Men ages 18-30 that still ride motorcycles risk fatal percentages that jump way up and beyond any justifiable norm for everyday road transportation.

    Most of us experience some sort of vehicular accident in that relative time comparison period. If on a motorcycle, we are far less likely to physically fair well. One could be a great rider, but your health won't cater to whose fault an accident might be. Good riders make mistakes, encounter bad drivers, find animals darting in front of you, ride in dangerous road conditions, and encounter hazards and obstacles not seen ahead of time in the roadways.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    This is yet another heartbreaking report from the Ute Football program. I pray the outcome will not be the tragic kind that the Utes have come to know all to well the last couple of seasons. The status of Moana is delicate right now. Still, this could bring the Ute players closer to themselves (chemistry wise) and individually closer to God. Men are not invincible. That perspective can often be a tough message relative to reaching the hearts of the young.

    The Utes can look at the situation of events here and pray for Moana. Growth can even come of it. The ultimate blessing would be for Moana to achieve an amazing recovery. If he plays football again, that would be icing on the cake. But his recovery and future health is the most crucial aspect of all of this, not football.

    Caution on playing again though, serious head trauma followed up with heavy head contact on the gridiron is a major issue for everybody, especially those who have seriously experienced extreme head trauma.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Get well young man!

  • onewoodwacker Puyallup, WA
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    Are the responses here delayed?

  • onewoodwacker Puyallup, WA
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    Much love and prayers from this UW Husky Fan to the Ute Nation and the Ofahengaue Family.

  • TXAfghanVet Dallas, TX
    Feb. 25, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Every once in a great while, Chris B and I agree on something. This is definitely one of those times. Prayers for a complete recovery and hope to see him on the field some time down the road. All the best.

  • daviscoug Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Best wishes and hope for a full and speedy recovery.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    "Motorized bike." I assume a bicycle with one of those noisy little gas motors retrofitted.

    IMO, those things should be illegal! They're too slow to ride in traffic, and too fast and annoying to ride in bicycle/pedestrian areas. And they also spew more emissions into the air than a full-sized automobile; that should be a matter of concern to Wasatch Front people. And riders often don't consider the potential danger they are exposing themselves and bystanders to. (Riders should probably gear up the same way they would to ride a motorcycle.) Mr. Ofahengaue probably wasn't even wearing a helmet.

    All that said... I hope he has a speedy and full recovery, and can return to playing ball and bicycling.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    I loved watching this kid at our local high school, Westlake here in Saratoga Springs. He is not only a great football player, but a great young man. Get well Moana, we are all pulling for you. Wishing you and your family the best. This UCLA Bruin fan wants to see Moana get well very soon.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    My prayer to this young Ute and his family during a tough time. Get better.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:18 a.m.

    Best wishes for a strong recovery.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    Praying for his recovery and comfort for his family and loved ones.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    This is awful. The utah football team has endured more than its share of such tragedy the last couple of years but of course the football team is at best secondary in a situation like this. Hopefully he recovers fully in the long term but in the short term hopefully he lives. be careful on those motorcycles.

    Feb. 24, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    So sad. Coming off the heels of the great news about Travis Wilson's return to the team, this is heartbreaking. Praying for you, big guy, and hoping for recovery and for peace for your family.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Best wishes for a speedy recover so he can get back out on the field.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    All the best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    I am certainly wishing him a full recovery. Life is fragile and we certainly hope there is no permanent damage to his body or mind.

    Go Utes!