Just thought I'd share this because fringe players don't get the same news coverage. It is surreal that two players on the same team could lose loved ones in such tragic ways within the same month. I am Utah fan and watched Asiata play and even hung out with him at a few frat parties and wish his family well.
Matt Asiata would trade every award he's received as a football player for the chance to talk to his father one more time.
Asiata said he was at dinner Monday when he got a call from his brother.
"I heard my mom in the background screaming," said the former University of Utah star who now plays for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. "I knew something was going on."
Asiata's father, Pita, was driving a group of more than 50 people back to Salt Lake City from Wendover, Nev., Monday afternoon when the bus ran into the back of a construction vehicle that had slowed down in the far left lane prior to driving into the median to turn around.
Statement from the Vikings
"We are aware of the tragic incident involving Matt's father, Pita Asiata. This is heartbreaking news for Matt and his family. We are here to support the Asiata family in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Asiata family.
The investigations are ongoing but that doesn't matter.....RIP to his father.