Sione Pouha, a starting DL for for the NY Jets, and his wife Keite, donated $50,000 to the new Utah football center.
May 25, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY--
Former Ute and current New York Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha and his wife Keiti have contributed $50,000 to Utah's Invest in Excellence campaign for the new Utah football complex. The alumni locker room of the center, which is scheduled to open for the 2013 season, will bear Pouha's name.
Pouha (pronounced bo-oo-ha) becomes the third former Utah football player in recent weeks to make a large gift to the football center's fund. Eric Weddle and his wife Chanel announced a $250,000 donation on April 21 during the Invest in Excellence kickoff celebration and Brian Johnson and fiancé Ashley Chapman donated $50,000 earlier this month.
A four-year letterman for Utah from 2001-04, Pouha was an all-conference defensive tackle for Utah's 2004 "BCS Buster" team that went 12-0 and beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. The Utes, then members of the Mountain West Conference, were the first team from a non-BCS conference to play in and win a BCS bowl game.
Pouha was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft and is preparing for his eighth season with the club. He has played in 94 games with 45 starts, including 44 starts in the past three seasons.