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|Date of birth:||March 24, 1962|
|Place of birth:||Oakland, California|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||207 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||Encinal (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1986 / Round: 10 / Pick: 261|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Taivale "Junior" Tautalatasi Jr. (born March 24, 1962) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Washington State University.
After redshirting for a year, he posted modest stats in his college career, while playing behind Rueben Mayes (conference rushing leader) and Kerry Porter. As a senior, he registered 53 carries for 364 yards with a 6.8 average.
Tautalatasi was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the tenth round (261st overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. In the preseason, he made the team after showing big play potential. He appeared in all 16 games as the team's third down back and started 2 games, including the season opener, while Keith Byars was recovering from a foot injury. Although he was slowed down by a right knee injury, he finished with 41 receptions (second on the team).
Buddy Ryan, Tautalatasi's head coach with the Eagles, was unable to pronounce his last name and referred to him most often as "Junior Smith". On November 9, 1988, he was waived to make room for Walter Abercrombie.
- "Tautalatasi Would Like To Come Out Of Hiding". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "Despite Brilliance, Junior Will Play 2nd Fiddle". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "Potential Trouble Awaits Tautalatasi After 'scope". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- Drago, Mike (19 August 1987). "Ryan displeased with Tautalatasi". Reading Eagle. p. 38. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Ryan Promotes Waters And Tautalatasi To First String". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Abercrombie Joins Eagles. Tautalatasi Released". Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "Former Eagle Zendejas Released By Cowboys". Retrieved January 25, 2016.