Linebacker Jahlani Tavai competes in professional football for the National Football League’s New England Patriots. He is 113 kg and 1.88 m tall. At the University of Hawaii at Mnoa, he played collegiate football for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors team while attending Mira Costa High School.
Throughout his first year in 2014, he redshirted. He totaled 56 tackles in the 2015 season that followed. In his sophomore season, he had 128 tackles. He made 82 total tackles during his final year. In the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Detroit Lions.
In 15 games, with six starts, he participated. His stats included 58 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, two passes defensed, and an interception. He was put on injured reserve on December 23, 2019, after sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 16. He was released by the Detroit Lions as part of the final preseason roster cuts on August 31, 2021.
In September 2021, he was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots after being released by the Lions. He ultimately became active while rejoining with Matt Patricia, his former Detroit head coach. On October 13, 2021, he was elevated to the active roster.
Who Are Jahlani Tavai Parents?
Jahlani Tavai was born to parents Nafanua Schuster-Tavai and William Tavai. His parents are his biggest motivation as they have been supportive throughout his career.