Vita Vea, who was born with the zodiac sign Aquarius, is best considered as one of the finest defensive tackle the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft class has produced. The football player began featuring in NFL tournaments in 2018 after he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 12th overall in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Vea wears No. 50 jersey for Tampa Bay and has been active on the team’s roster ever since he joined the team. His career highlights and awards, as mentioned on his profile, include – Morris Trophy (2017), First-team All-Pac-12 (2017), Second-team All-Pac-12 (2016), and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (2017).
Vita Vea’s Bio, Full Name
If there is one thing that fascinates people about the American defensive tackle player, it is his mouthful name. Though the NFL star is professionally known as Vita Vea, his full name is Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea. His parents gave birth to him on the 15th day of February 1995, in Milpitas, California, in the United States and he was named after his paternal uncle.
Talking about Vita Vea’s education, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player studied at Milpitas High School, California, where he played running back for the school football team, scoring 11 touchdowns and gaining 578 yards on 47 carries in his senior year. Vita did not graduate with his mates; instead, the footballer completed several online courses that eventually allowed him to further his education.
The football player later proceeded to the University of Washington to study anthropology. He would join Washington Huskies football team. As a junior, he recorded 5.5 tackles for loss four pass breakups, 44 tackles, one blocked kick, and 3.5 sacks, four pass breakups and one blocked kick. He was also decorated as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in the year 2017. In the same year, he emerged as the winner of the Morris Trophy, setting a mark for himself as one Washington’s most decorated defensive tackle.
The Milpitas-born athlete joined the NFL in 2018 after declaring his intention to enter the 2018 NFL Draft on January 2, 2018. He equally took part in the 2018 NFL Combine but failed to finish all drills as a result of a hamstring injury he sustained.
Family – Parents, Siblings
Vita Vea is blessed with very supportive parents. The NFL star was born to Fipe Vea (mother) and Sione Vea (father). Coincidently, the couple was raised in Tongatapu, in the main island of Tonga but only met for the first time after they migrated to northern California. Before, Vita’s parents did multiple jobs just to make ends meet. At the time, Sione was managing a restaurant and was also a truck driver while his wife was a caregiver. The couple once lost their two homes and was forced to move to a motel with their children as a result of a mortgage crisis.
Fipe is said to have played a prominent role in shaping her son’s career. When Vita was still growing, she barred him from playing football until he was in 6th grade because she was scared he might be injured. Today, she is his biggest fan and has been very supportive of his robust career.
The NFL star has an older brother called Sifa Vea and he also has a sister called Alisi Vea, who is five years older than Sifa. Sifa is a football player who currently represents the Bismarck Bucks in the Champions Indoor Football in North Dakota. Like his younger brother, Sifa is a defensive tackle. During his budding years in college, he used to play as a fullback, offensive lineman, and linebacker. He attended Milpitas High School and later Foothill College. The 6 feet 4 inches brother defensive tackle recently graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in criminal justice.
Body Stats: Height & Weight
Coming into a game with requires a particular body build in order to ensure success, the defensive tackle is really blessed with a body frame that absolutely befits his career as a footballer. Vita Vea has an impressive height that is measured at 6 feet 4 inches, which is equivalent to 1.93 meters while his body weight is proportionate to his height and it is put at 157 kilograms, which translates 347 lbs. However, his other body measurements are yet to be detailed online.