Naufahu Tahi served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jacksonville, Fla., and the surrounding areas from 1999 to 2001.
Now, the 30-year-old fullback has returned to Jacksonville, this time with the Jaguars.
Tahi, of West Valley City, Utah, was featured in a Florida Times-Union article by Tania Ganguli on Wednesday, May 23. In the article, the former BYU player talked about his days as a missionary, the questions he answered about the LDS Church, and what it means to return now as an NFL player. Although fewer teams are using fullbacks in the offense, he’s optimistic about his chances of playing for the Jaguars this fall.
Since playing at BYU, Tahi has had stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings, where he blocked for Adrian Peterson. After sitting out the 2011 season, he is ready to play again this year.
“Hopefully, I can fit in,” Tahi told Ganguli.
Tahi and his return to Jacksonville were also mentioned in this ESPN blog.
Former Oregon offensive lineman, Mark Asper, was recently drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Asper served an LDS mission in Spain. An article by Chris Brown on the Bills’ website talked about Asper and teammate Zebrie Sanders both earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program.
In the article, Asper describes an experience he had as a college player at Oregon when he used his boy scout skills to fix a leaky sink in the locker room. He also talks about his Eagle Scout project. He gave back to a youth camp that he enjoyed during his grade school years.
“There was a long tradition of people that would go to that camp,” Asper said in the article. “I noticed that the rooms and some of the stairs and cement work were in disrepair. So for my Eagle project I got a bunch of guys to go up there and tore the old cement up and pulled it out and poured new stairs and sidewalks and tore the old roof off and put a new roof on.”