Itula Mili

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Itula Mili
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Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-04-20) April 20, 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth: Kahuku, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College: BYU
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 6 / Pick: 174
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 164
Receiving yards: 1,743
Receiving TDs: 13

Itula Mili (born April 20, 1973) is a former National Football League tight end of Samoan origin; Mili played college football for Brigham Young University (BYU). He played with the Seattle Seahawks for 10 seasons before being released.[1]

High School[edit]

Mili attended Kahuku High School and lived in Lā'ie, Hawai'i, USA, where he starred in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was an All-State selection. In track and field, Mili was the state high jump champion as a junior.

College career[edit]

Mili chose to attend BYU where he majored in business management. Mili played tight end and half-back for the Cougars during his football career. He began his freshman season in 1991 and was second string during Ty Detmer's Heisman Trophy season for the cougars. In 1994, his sophomore season, Mili filled in two games for the injured starter Chad Lewis. At the start of his junior season, Mili was moved to the half-back position.

During his senior year in 1996, Mili was named by the AFCA to the first-team All-American team and selected to play in both the Hula and Senior Bowl. However, he was unable to play due to surgery to repair a knee injury that was sustained during the season.[2] Mili finished his college career with 125 receptions for 1,763 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Cougars, along with 13 carries for 50 yards.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Seahawks.[4] He played on a Seahawks Super Bowl team that consisted of Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, Mack Strong, Steve Hutchinson, and fellow Samoan teammate Lofa Tatupu. On January 4, 2007, Mili was released from the Seahawks to make room for Ben Obomanu on the roster.[5]

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