“Vili The Warrior” Fehoko, the unofficial mascot of University of Hawaii football told me this afternoon he will no longer be on the UH sideline at games after 12 years. My Monday column is about Vili.
Fehoko and his wife, Linda, said it is time for him to spend more time with their four sons and he looks forward to watching his youngest boys, VJ and Braden, play football.
Vili was a “player’s mascot,” often chest-bumping fully uniformed players as they ran onto the field and firing them up in various ways.
“In a sport that involves a lot passion and energy he was always there to help us with that,” former running back and receiver Nate Ilaoa said.
But sources at UH say the school wants to “move in a different direction” and did not invite the sometimes controversial Fehoko to return this year.
Regardless of what you thought of him and how he left, “Vili The Warrior” was never boring.