The Journey of Tevita Finau

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Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jordan Shipley (16) gets tackled by New York Jets defensive tackle Tevita Finau (92), defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) and inside linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes in this life, we take what we have for granted. We can say we never take anything for granted, but to be perfectly honest, majority of us do it, even if we do not plan too.

While many of us take what we have for granted, one man certainly does not. Tevita Finau, defensive lineman for the New York Jets lives his life every day never taking what he has for granted, and is appreciative of all that he has in his life.

After growing up in New Zealand, but forced to move all throughout the world as a young child, Finau never had it easy, and certainly did not have much consistency in his life.
“New Zealand is a country in which you just have to go and experience it for yourself, it is much different than America”, is how Finau described his native land. Although he was just a child, “I remember the cars driving on the left side of the road, as to the right side that we drive on here.”

“ I love and miss New Zealand everyday” is how Finau feels about his native land. But “missing” places is something that Finau had to deal with many, many times growing up. While many children would find it impossible to leave friends/family behind, Finau had a different approach to it. He said “For me I looked at it as an opportunity to build friendships, lifelong friendships”, which shows Finau’s tremendous character, and always positive way of thinking.

“Make the best of it, make as many friends as possible, and build long-lasting memories that you will cherish forever, because when it comes time to leave, you may never see these people again, and so that was the mindset that I had as a child, that allowed me to enjoy my time where ever it was we moved too” is how Finau viewed his constant moving, and it is fair to say his positive attitude towards it has made him the person that he is today.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Nice to see someone who appreciates being a Jet and understand that it’s a privilege and not a right. Too bad the majority of Jet fans can’t appreciate what we have right now. I think it’s pretty obvious to any impartial observer that this team is in much better shape than when Idzik was hired. The Jets have gone from a laughing stock (which maybe some of you so called Jet fans preferred) to a well managed professional sports team.

    • Paul Newbold

      Well managed? A bit too early to say that quite yet. A better football team then when Idzik arrived? Without a doubt! Of course, the prior year the roster was so dismal, that any move they made was an improvement! I’m liking the direction they are headed, but I’m not sold on Idzik. Much like a player, a GM truly can’t be judged until after their 3rd or 4th season. I remember once upon a time when Mr. T was the Jet GM that would save the organization, we all know how that turned out. I’m optimistic about the “Idzik Plan”, but I’m not buying the whole package until I see more from this guy! Go Jets!!

      • Frank Antonelli

        Paul. I was never sold on Tanny. 09 and 10 were the result of great coaching. Rex inherited a mediocre defense and immediately transformed it into the number one defense in the NFL in 09. Tanny had nothing to do with that. Over the next few years Tanny mortgaged our future and left us with a roster without any playmakers and depth. Rex again did a great coaching job last year with the talent he had at his disposal. Idzik has done a great job cleaning up the mess and I don’t think you can just say anybody would have been able to do it. He brought a professionalism that was sorely lacking in the organization. He stopped the leaks, reined in Rex making him more effective and drafted 5 starters in his first draft. I think saying well managed is well deserved!

        • Paul Newbold

          Not my point Frank. While you may not have been sold on Tanny, many, many were! He was supposed to save the organization and bring us a Super Bowl. Most everybody bought in from the get go, we all know what happened next.
          I’m not knocking Idzik, I just think its way too early to judge what kind of GM he is. He did fair last draft, the 5 starters he drafted is a bit lopsided, as many of those wouldn’t have started on other teams. I can’t judge him on these two drafts alone, we don’t know how successful any of these players will be. Getting it right in the first couple of rounds, isn’t all that difficult, the true test is how the mid rounders develop for you. We haven’t seen any of that quite yet, so I’ll sit back and wait. The team has improved since his arrival, but I haven’t seen enough to anoint Idzik the “savior” just yet. Well managed…I think he has some work to do yet. Go Jets!