Since being drafted by the Cardinals on the 10th round in 1986, not a league leaders list had been circulated around the NFL without Sikahema’s name on it. “With the coaching change (to Joe Bugel in 1990)Pro Football Players Share Their Mormon Faith Ty Detmer, Burgess Owens And Vai Sikahema Told A Packed Sanctuary Of The Role Of Religion In Their Lives.
June 17, 1997 By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer says there’s no doubt what matters most to him. In his life, his wife and two little girls are “The Things of Most Worth,” he said Thursday during a program of the same title sponsored by a Mormon congregation. Detmer spoke along with Burgess Owens, retired free safety for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, and Vai Sikahema, Channel 10 (WCAU) sportscaster and former Eagle, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints here. Vaughn Hebron Said He Has Helped A Lot.wholesale nfl jerseys Sikahema liked the kid’s attitude and the way his feet moved. So he adopted him. “You’re my rookie,” he told Vaughn Hebron, the Virginia Tech running back who was left unclaimed on draft day. Sikahema started his professional career as a near nonentity, a 10th round pick with the St. Louis Cardinals. Sikahema, who retired as an Eagles kick returner, is as comfortable as many TV veterans on camera. The only negative was that his story about being drafted by the Cardinals went on too long. “Professors” Sikahema and Fred Barnett, the Eagles’ wide receiver, weren’t overwhelmed by the team’s draft: Sikahema graded the draft “a B, B minus;” Barnett gave it a B. No kidding. “There’s just so few people that really transcend their sport,” said Vai Sikahema, White’s teammate on the 1992 Eagles. “He transcended his time and the sport. ” White’s physical prowess was legendary, Sikahema said. “He ran the 40 [yard dash] faster than I did,” Sikahema, a sleek former kick return artist, said. He was referring to a day when his 4.7 second sprint was bettered by his Paul Bunyan esque teammate’s 4.6. But He Sure Is. He knows it’s not speed. He knows there are other return men in the NFL who are quicker than he is and faster. The kid across the Eagles’ locker room, rookie return man Jeff Sydner, could eat him alive in a 40 yard dash. “If I told you what I ran the 40 in, you’d say I have no business being in the NFL,” said Sikahema, with the candor and quiet wit of a man who is comforable in his own skin. Several returns that had started out looking as if they had electric possibilities were ultimately short circuited.http://www.vondutchwatches.com/nfl10291.php As returner Vai Sikahema said, “It’s becoming a cliche in this locker room, but we’re always one block away. ” They were still one block away yesterday against the Los Angeles Raiders at Veterans Stadium. But Sikahema did break a couple of big ones a 40 yard kickoff return that helped set up an Eagles touchdown right before the end of the first half, and an 18 yard punt return in the third quarter that helped set up another TD. On a day in which excellent field position gave the Eagles’ offense a splendid platform from which to launch itself to a 31 10 victory, Sikahema and the Eagles’ return teams played a significant part significant enough that Sikahema received one of the bushelbasket full of game balls that coach Rich Kotite handed out.