Former NFL defensive end Daniel Te’o-Neshiem dies at age 30

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Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (50) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL defensive end Daniel Te’o-Neshiem has died at the age of 30.

ABC affiliate KITV in Honolulu initially reported Te’o-Neshiem’s death. A Waimea (HI) Police Department spokesman confirmed the KITV report but released no other information.

Te’o-Neshiem was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He moved to Mill Creek, Washington at the age of five and remained there for seven years until returning to American Samoa after his father’s death. His birth name was Daniel Neshiem. His mother suggested adding the Te’o as a tribute to the family’s Samoan heritage.

Te’o-Neshiem attended the Hawaii Preparatory School in Kamuela. He helped his school become the first school from the Big Island of Hawaii to compete for a state championship. Te’o-Nesheim was a three-time all-league selection and a teammate of New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Max Unger.

He also won a state championship in the shot put and played basketball and baseball during his high school career. Te’o-Neshiem was recruited by Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington in football. He chose to play for Washington

He was the Huskies’ defensive MVP in 2007 and earned Second-team All-Pac 10 honors in 2008 and 2009. Te’o-Neshiem set a school record with 30 sacks in his career. He was selected with the 86th overall (third round) pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

He was limited to six games in his rookie season due to a shoulder injury. Te’o-Neshiem’s first NFL start came in the Eagles’ regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, where he recorded the first of his five career NFL sacks.

He was waived during final roster cuts the following season but signed to the Eagles’ practice squad. Te’o-Neshiem later signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, started in 26 games over three seasons. His most productive season was 2012 where he recorded 40 combined tackles (26 solo) and four sacks.

At the conclusion of his NFL career, Te’o-Neshiem returned the Hawaii Preparatory School as an assistant coach. He spent two years as an assistant before being named the school’s head coach in April.

Both the Eagles and Buccaneers took to social media to remember Te’o-Neshiem.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the NFL and New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.


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