Junior Tautalatasi

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Junior Tautalatasi
No. 25, 37
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-03-24) March 24, 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Encinal (CA)
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 10 / Pick: 261
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
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.

Early years[edit]

Tautalatasi attended Encinal High School, before moving on to Chabot College. He transferred to Washington State University at the end of his sophomore season.

After redshirting for a year, he posted modest stats in his college career, while playing behind Rueben Mayes (conference rushing leader) and Kerry Porter.[1] As a senior, he registered 53 carries for 364 yards with a 6.8 average.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

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.[2] 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,[3] he finished with 41 receptions (second on the team).[4]

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".[5] On November 9, 1988, he was waived to make room for Walter Abercrombie.[6]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 1989, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent. He was a backup running back and was released on August 26, 1990.[7]


  1. ^ "Tautalatasi Would Like To Come Out Of Hiding". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Despite Brilliance, Junior Will Play 2nd Fiddle". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Potential Trouble Awaits Tautalatasi After 'scope". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Drago, Mike (19 August 1987). "Ryan displeased with Tautalatasi". Reading Eagle. p. 38. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ryan Promotes Waters And Tautalatasi To First String". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Abercrombie Joins Eagles. Tautalatasi Released". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Former Eagle Zendejas Released By Cowboys". Retrieved January 25, 2016. 

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