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GET TO KNOW: Linebacker Jahlani Tavai


Tavai: Bones. Tarzan. It depends on who I'm with. With the team, they can call me JT or Lani.


Tavai: Inglewood, California.

If a Lions fan were to come to your hometown, the first place you would take them is ... ?

Tavai: If they've never been to LA, I would probably take them to In-N-Out because I know a lot of people want to try that. But then there's this place called Jacks N Joe on Figueroa, right by USC, amazing brunch place. That's the top two places I would take them.

College major?

Tavai: Human Development and Family Resources.

Favorite TV show?

Tavai: How I Met Your Mother.

Favorite emoji?

Tavai: I smile a lot and giggle a lot so it's either the laughing or the smiling one.

Favorite meal?

Tavai: My mom's cooking. Anything my momma cooks is amazing so I'm missing that right now.

What would your entrance music be?

Tavai: Polynesian People by Norm. Great song.

Any hidden talents?

Tavai: I am an open book. I am an athlete. I love playing sports. Some days you'll catch me singing.

If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?

Tavai: Either playing rugby or doing social work. I want to help out with kids.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Tavai: Control time.

If you could play any other NFL position, what would you play?

Tavai: Long snapper. Less collisions, easier on the body. Don't get me wrong, Don's doing great.

Favorite place to travel?

Tavai: There are so many places I want to go, but so far Hawaii is my go-to place. That's paradise. I love it out there.

One person you'd like to meet?

Tavai: King Kamehameha.

Favorite athlete of all time?

Tavai: My mom and my older brothers.

Favorite thing about Detroit so far?

Tavai: So far, just being a Lion and getting to hang out with these guys, creating new bonds.