Vikings FB Fahu Tahi does the dirty work – lead blocking for RBs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor and pass protecting for QB Brett Favre – without much recognition.
In the Vikings season finale, though, it was a lack of recognition by the opposing defense that allowed Tahi to do something he had never done in his NFL career – catch a TD pass.
The play came on a 4th and 1 from the goal line in the 3rd quarter. Tahi snuck out of the backfield and QB Brett Favre found him wide open in the endzone for the TD, the 1st of Tahi’s pro career.
In a Q&A session with NFLPlayers.com, Tahi discussed the scoring play.
“It felt good because I hadn’t scored a touchdown since college,” Tahi said after identifying it as the highlight of the season for him to this point. “With it being my first, I didn’t really know how to react, but it was a nice feeling to finally get in.”
Although Tahi calls that TD the highlight of his season, don’t mistake the battering ram FB for a me-first type of player.
“It sounds cliché, but this is a team sport,” Tahi told Mike Donnelly of NFLPlayers.com. “In the NFL, you have your stars like your Brett Favres and Adrian Petersons who are on the same side of the ball as me, and of course they’re going to get a lot of the limelight, but it doesn’t bother me. I’m just glad I can play football and I just want to go out there and do my job and help my team to win every Sunday.”
To read the full Q&A piece with Donnelly and Tahi, click here.
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