Tevita Finua: i was born in New Zealand, and for my younger years was in Maui and Tonga. I played Rugby and Basketball, and actually did not start football until junior year of high school. I love everything outdoors like fishing and hunting, and am married with two kids.
Question #2: Going un-drafted, did it motivate you to become a better player everyday?
Tevita Finua: It definitely did. Going un-drafted in the NFl means nothing is guaranteed or given to you. I believe that being an un-drafted player you need to do more in every aspect of your game and you have to showcase what you can do to help the team in other areas. What being an un-drafted free agent has taught me is that you can never take any day for granted, any day can be your last, so you have to bring a hard nose atitude and a great work ethic that cannot be matched by your competition.
Question #3: What do you think you bring to the Jets?
Tevita Finua: I feel I bring a very old school approach to the team. I have never been a very vocal guy, but I have always felt that with your actions, work ethic, being coachable, and being a good teammate are things that make great players. My father who was a rugby coach drilled this into my brothers and I saying,
"Our actions and what we do through our play on the field is how people will come to view you and respect you, anything else you do just gets you into trouble."
Question #4: what do you think you need to do as an underdog to make this team?
Tevita Finua: I feel I just need to continue to work on the little things. Things such as improving my technique, understanding the game more from a mental standpoint, but most importantly show I can be an asset to the team. I just need to work hard, make plays, do the right things, and let the things I can't control work themselves out.
Question #5: Who is someone you idolize in the NFL?
Tevita Finua: I idolize all the Polynesian guys that have been players in the past or currently playing in the NFL. I look up to them because they laid the foundation for a young boy from Tongan like me to reach my dream to go to the NFL. These guys give hope to the young boys from New Zealand who have never played football to work hard and your dreams can be fulfilled.