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Photo of Breiden Fehoko and Grandma courtesy of Dean Kindig. “It’s amazing to me. And their youngest brother, Breiden Fehoko, is an ESPN 300 recruit who recently signed financial aid papers to officially join the Red Raiders in January. When he joined Sam in Lubbock this January, V.J. Then, something spiritual happened: Breiden began responding in kind just as his brother Sam joined in, the family performing the Haka together amongst a crowd of LSU fans (we see you Peggy!) “From the time I set foot back here in Lubbock, it was amazing,” he said. Fehoko left his impression on the team in more ways than one, quickly finding a place in the spotlight on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” when he performed the Haka dance that he also did before LSU games back in Baton Rouge. “We were raised tough," V.J. Fehoko said. For Sam, a homecoming was overdue. , 2019 LSU Tigers football—consensus national champions, "LSU's Breiden Fehoko performs epic haka with his family before taking down No. "That’s been a great relationship,” Kingsbury said. Like Sam, he quickly took a liking to the Red Raiders’ new leader. He left the program early in his senior season of 2011, during ex-coach Tommy Tuberville’s first year, and tried to make it in the NFL. For a family that didn’t come from much, the Fehokos can’t wait to bring a whole lot back to Texas Tech. It takes time to just move in and beat the best. 56 in the ESPN 300 and committed soon after attending Tech’s spring game. That's why our fans are idiots for wanting to fire Ed O for the job he's done this season. After growing up in the shadow of three brothers, he’s developed into a freak athlete -- Sam calls him a “rare breed,” V.J. 2 Georgia", "Farrington's own Breiden Fehoko reflects on his first NFL training camp", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Breiden_Fehoko&oldid=987010630, American football defensive lineman, 1990s birth stubs, Los Angeles Chargers currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 November 2020, at 09:02. “He’s sort of like an older brother to you.”. Their son Sam Fehoko, a Mike Leach-era linebacker known for his fiery spirit and game day war paint, had made the family from Honolulu a fan favorite. The leaders of the Fehoko clan, Vili and Linda, passed out prizes from stuffed-full bags: Hand-woven headbands made of coconut leaves -- from their culture’s “tree of life” -- for each and every Texas Tech player after the spring game. They bring a lot of passion, a lot of energy to the football field.”. Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley must forge new QB partnership with Kyler Murray, Big 12 is back to dominating recruiting in the state of Texas, The best games of next year's opening weekend, Scout's Take: OLB Nikolas Bonitto to Oklahoma, Georgia's dominant ground game, resurgent D overcome Sooners in 2OT thriller, Big plays key another big bowl comeback for TCU, ESPN 2017 All-Big 12 team: Player of the Year Baker Mayfield leads the way, Big 12 Week 14 power rankings: Oklahoma to the playoff. State job in BR and Wa La he’s a Tiger. I love the city of Lubbock, and I know the city loves the Fehokos.”. Breiden Fehoko’s Grandma was dying from cancer. V.J. Then fans started lining to snag one of the more than 150 headpieces, even offering to pay. Maybe a Hawaiian luau. says he’s a “whole ‘nother species” -- with a deep admiration for what his family has started. Competition between the freshmen is open again. You know, he’s single, he’ll probably want to go see all the Hula girls over here.”. Breiden Hinckley Fehoko (born October 15, 1996) is an American football nose tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). “With Coach Kliff Kingsbury here, he knows exactly how to relate to people. said. I think he meant "flip" in the literal sense. Why go somewhere else? He’s such a people person. Cool to see that they play each other with ferocity while still being able to hug it out at the end of the game. He was waived on September 5, 2020, and signed to the practice squad the next day. La. Mom worked two jobs. “It’s sort of full circle.”. I can see a little brother taking a different path than his brother out of a sibling rivalry type thing and trying to outdo him. “My goodness, man, Kliff Kingsbury, you can quote me on this: Best head coach in college football,” V.J. And if you ask the elder Fehoko brothers, the best is yet to come. took notice. Copyright @2020 TigerDroppings.com. That's bc these players know that it's just a game and fortunes can change quickly in sports. Now they’re back, and they’ll be Lubbock regulars for the next few years. We grew up in the struggle. Yea Saban did it but there are no Sabans out there at this time, not even close. I hate that he plays for the Evil Empire, but Tia is a hell of a kid. “Whatever he wants to do. Breiden was Grandma’s baby of all the grand babies because Grandma and Grandpa lived with the Fehokos at the time. Following last Saturday's game between LSU and Alabama, Breiden Fehoko and Tua Tagovailoa met on the field and shared some kind words each other. "To have the Fehoko name as a household name in Lubbock, it only makes sense to continue it. “Whenever Kliff comes to Hawaii, I’ll be taking him out for surf lessons,” Breiden said. He’s in the family. Breiden Hinckley Fehoko (born October 15, 1996) is an American football nose tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Following last Saturday's game between LSU and Alabama, Breiden Fehoko and Tua Tagovailoa met on the field and shared some kind words each other. After two years away, he returned to Tech last fall to finish his undergrad degree. Number 91 has angels that help him. If anything it's validation that he's on the right track. Vili and Breiden did another rendition at this year’s game and should be back for more this season. Will the Longhorns run away with Lone Star State recruiting? The ritual, meant to invoke a warrior's spirit, isn't just an expression of the Fehoko family's culture. Dad, with his health, was unemployed at times. People there, with that West Texas hospitality, they took us in and treated us like their own.”. Brennan has not practiced since the Missouri game. said. “The people around here welcome you with open arms, just like the people of Hawaii do,” Sam Fehoko said. Says a lot about these young men. A microphone was able to pick up some of their conversation with Fehoko saying that LSU is going to get Tagovailoa’s younger brother, Taulia, who is currently committed to Alabama for the class of 2019. “Their entire family, through and through, are big-time Red Raiders, obviously. Why would Taulia ever wont to go to l8u god awful offense, no oline no imagination. Breiden, a defensive tackle at Farrington High in Honolulu, is ranked No. Love to see that respect and friendship. Tigers head coach discusses his roster and fall practice ahead of 2021. LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko joins his dad and brother … “Every day he's yelling, screaming, hopping around and excited to be out there,” Kingsbury said. No distractions, he says. Just football and school. What made Tech a natural fit for this family from 3,500 miles away? Let the man finish the season and win his big bowl game then see how it affects his recruiting. He is the son of Vili and Linda (Lee) Fehoko . Fehoko, transferred from Utah for his senior year and will start at Will linebacker for Tech. Another tradition they’re bringing back: The Haka. Sam says the seclusion of Lubbock out in West Texas -- “almost like you’re on an island, you know?” -- suits their dedication. I fell in love with it again. But this was their first time back in almost three years. "We had six members of our family and we grew up in a one-bedroom house. And here is a coach Ed Orgeron … Well all we need is a Mercedes Benz leased for $1 month and his parents move into. As much as the fans hate each other, these players are all a part of a much larger family that most fans aren't privy to because they've never been in the position these players have been in. He’d given a silent commitment to Leach during his recruitment in 2009 but had to change plans upon the coach’s firing.
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