Happy gameday birthday to Will Tukuafu, who gets to celebrate his 31st birthday in Arizona on the field with his teammates in the final game of the regular season!
Today is more than just the last game of the 2015 regular season, it's also fullback Will Tukuafu's 32nd birthday!
Tukuafu is in his second season with the Seahawks, and has already earned a multitude of praise for his versatility. In the Seahawks' 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions, Tukuafu played fullback, defensive tackle, and even returned a kickoff. When asked about his versatility following the game, Pete Carroll said that "This is extremely unique, that a guy can play on both sides of the football. He's playing tight end, fullback and defensive tackle. And he's instrumental in our special teams. Not many guys can do that. There's nobody in the league, I don't think, doing that, maybe there is, but it's a fantastic variety of skills that he brings to us."
Tukuafu repeated this performance three weeks later in the Seahawks 20-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He played not only 26 snaps on offense, he also joined the defense for 4 snaps, and continued in his role blocking on special teams for 6 snaps. Head coach Pete Carroll said after the game that "We're really excited about what he's doing. We're fitting together a role for him. And he's alive to play on defense as well."
These performances came after Tukuafu was inactive for the first two games of the season, a 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, and a 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. "I'm just really proud of Will. He's a terrific kid, and you know he was kind of forgotten for a little bit, and he's back in action and we love what he's offering our team right now," Carroll said, following the win at San Francisco.