Halapoulivaati Vaitai

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Hal Vaitai
No. 72 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-06-16) June 16, 1993 (age 26)
Fort Worth, Texas
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Haltom (Haltom City, Texas)
College:TCU
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2019
Games played:41
Games started:17
Player stats at NFL.com

Halapoulivaati Vaitai (born June 16, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at TCU. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was born in Texas, but his parents are from Tonga.

High school career[edit]

Vaitai attended Haltom High School where he played on the Buffs football team alongside his two younger brothers, who are twins. Halapoulivaati played LT, Will played LG, and Kevin played C. Halapoulivaati was ranked as the 40th best high school offensive line prospect in the United States and ranked third in Texas during his senior season in 2011–2012.[1] In addition to TCU, he had scholarship offers to Michigan State, Texas Tech, Arkansas, and Utah.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman in 2012, Vaitai appeared in five games as a backup offensive lineman.[1] As a sophomore in 2013, he appeared in 12 games with seven starts. Five of his starts were at the right tackle position with two being at the left tackle position.[1] As a junior in 2014, Vaitai was a second team All-Big 12 selection. He started all 13 games at right tackle. He helped the TCU offense finish second in the nation in scoring with an average of 46.5 points-per-game and tied for fifth in total offense with an average of 533 yards-per-game.[1] As a senior in 2015, he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by head coaches and the Associated Press. He played in 12 of 13 total games with 10 starts. He was a member of an offensive line that helped the Horned Frogs produce both a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver for only the second time in school history.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
320 lb
(145 kg)
34 14 in
(0.87 m)
10 58 in
(0.27 m)
5.16 s 1.79 s 3.05 s 4.56 s 7.7 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[2][3]

Vaitai was drafted in the fifth round, 164th overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles.[4] It was announced on May 6, 2016, that he had signed his rookie contract with the Eagles.[5] The contract was reportedly for four years and $2,565,124.[6] After starting right tackle Lane Johnson was suspended for ten games, Vaitai made his first start in Week 5. He held the starting job through Week 11 before suffering an MCL sprain in that game, keeping him out of the starting lineup the rest of the season.[7]

In the 2017 season, Vaitai filled in for right-tackle Lane Johnson against the Carolina Panthers due to injury. He would then fill in for injured left-tackle Jason Peters in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins and for the rest of the 2017 season. Vaitai would end the 2017 season with a Super Bowl championship for the Eagles when they defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Halapoulivaati aka "Big V" to many friends and family, is the son of Talikavili and Shirley Vaitai and is of Tongan descent. He is married to former TCU women's basketball player Caitlin Diaz.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Halapoulivaati Vaitai Bio". GoFrogs.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "OT - Halapoulivaati Vaitai - TCU, Big 12", NFL.com, retrieved June 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Halapoulivaati Vaitai #25 OT, Texas Christian". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Eagles bolster offensive line by drafting TCU's Halapoulivaati Vaitai". Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Quigley, Ryan (May 6, 2016). "Philadelphia Eagles sign 2016 draft selections Seumal, Vaitai". InsideTheGiggles.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Eagles sign offensive linemen draft picks Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai". PhillyVoice.com. May 6, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Zangaro, Dave (November 21, 2016). "Eagles Injury Update: Halapoulivaati Vaitai Has MCL Sprain". CSNPhilly.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Hayes, Marcus. "Eagles lucky to have Vaitai for now, and for the future". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

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