5 Fun Facts About Newest Dallas Cowboy: Xavier Su’a-Filo
The Cowboys have added depth to the offensive line by signing veteran free agent guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. Here are 5 Fun Facts about the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys:
Why He Rode a Specially-made Bicycle During His Mormon Mission Trip
Su’a-Filo grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah (just north of Provo) and attended UCLA on a football scholarship. After his freshman year, he left college to serve his two-year Mormon mission. He was sent to Tallahassee, Florida and southern Alabama. He told the Los Angeles Times that he spent his time “attending to people’s needs and helping them find the Gospel, sharing the message.”
While on his mission, he had to ride a specially-made bicycle that could accommodate the weight of a 310-pound offensive lineman.
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He Speaks Spanish and He’s an Eagle Scout
During his mission trip, Su’a-Filo learned to speak Spanish. That’s good news for Victor, Luis, Ambar and other members of the Cowboys’ Spanish-language media team who now have a player they can interview in Spanish.
And – a good guy on-and-off the field, Su’a-Filo learned the importance of community service in The Boy Scouts of America where he achieved the program’s highest rank attainable: Eagle Scout. Only four percent of Boys Scouts reach the coveted ranking.
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He Was High School Teammates with a Former Dallas Cowboy
Su’a-Filo was an All-American offensive line at Timpview High School in Provo where he was teammates with former Cowboys tackle Stephen Paea and former Baltimore Ravens defensive end Bronson Kaufusi. Su’a-Filo won three state championships in his four seasons at Timpview.
Su’a-Filo was a highly sought after 4-star recruit and decided to attend UCLA. He started all 13 games of the 2009 season as a freshman before serving his two-year mission (2010-2011). When he returned to UCLA, he once again became a starter. He left after his junior season to declare early for the 2014 NFL Draft.
He Was the Top Pick of Round 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft
Su’a-Filo was selected by the Houston Texans as the very first player selected in Round 2 of the NFL Draft (#33 overall). He played in 12 games during his rookie season in 2014, making 1 start. He started 9 games the next year. He took over as the first-team left guard in 2016 and started 31 of the past 32 games over the 2016-17 seasons. He signed with the Tennessee Titans earlier this season but was released during final roster cuts.
The Cowboys signed Su’a-Filo this week to a two-year deal in an attempt add depth to the interior of the offensive line.
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He and Adam Redmond, a Harvard graduate who was signed the week before the regular season opener, are the backups to Zack Martin and Connor Williams. Redmond can also play center, so Redmond is also the backup to Joe Looney/Travis Frederick.