D.J. Tialavea
D. J. Tialavea in 2017
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 28)
Career information
College: Utah State
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2014)*
Career highlights and awards

Donald Tialavea Jr.[1] (born July 27, 1991) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Utah State University. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. Tialavea was formerly a tight end prior to switching positions before the 2017 NFL season.

Early yearsEdit

Tialavea attended West Jordan High School in West Jordan, Utah. During his high school football career, he also played on the offensive and defensive lines. In addition to being a three-year letterwinner in football, Tialavea was also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball.[2]

College careerEdit

Tialavea appeared in 40 games for the Utah State Aggies. He ended his college career with 198 receiving yards and five touchdowns.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Tialavea was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.[3] He was released on May 12, 2014.[4]

Buffalo BillsEdit

After being released by the Jaguars, Tialavea was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad on September 2, 2014.[3] He was released by the Bills on September 30, 2014.[5]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Tialavea was signed to the Falcons' practice squad on November 24, 2015.[6] After spending almost two seasons on the practice squad, he was promoted to the active roster on December 22, 2016.[7] In his NFL debut two days later against the Carolina Panthers, Tialavea caught a touchdown for his only reception of the day.[8]

Tialavea was inactive for the Falcons' 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.[9][10]

On September 1, 2017, Tialavea was released by the Falcons.[11]

Chicago BearsEdit

On September 20, 2017, Tialavea was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad.[12] He was released on September 26, 2017.[13] He was re-signed on December 27, 2017.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

D.J.'s parents are Don and Tami Tialavea. He has two sisters. Tialavea graduated from Utah State with an interdisciplinary studies degree with a focus in business management and physical education administration.[2] D.J. is also an Eagle Scout.[15]


  1. "About Us". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Utah State Bio". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "TE D.J. Tialavea to Practice Squad". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  4. "Jaguars release 6, including G Will Rackley". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  5. "TE Jamie Childers signed to Bills Practice Squad". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  6. "Tialavea Signed to Practice Squad, Jensen Waived". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  7. Jackson, Curtis. "Falcons Waive Therezie, Goodman; Promote Keyes, Tialavea". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  8. "Tialavea emerges as unlikely hero for Falcons - Philadelphia Herald". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  9. Weaver, Tim (February 5, 2017). "Falcons vs. Patriots: Final inactives for Super Bowl LI". USA Today. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  10. "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  11. Conway, Kelsey (September 1, 2017). "2017 Atlanta Falcons Roster Cuts Tracker: Deadline To 53 Is 4 P.M. ET On Saturday".
  12. "Report: D.J. Tialavea signed to Bears practice squad". September 20, 2017.
  13. Gantt, Darin (September 26, 2017). "Bears add two to practice squad, bringing back Tre McBride".
  14. "D.J. Tialavea signed to Bears practice squad". December 27, 2017.
  15. Wendell, Bryan (January 27, 2017). "Atlanta Falcons tight end D.J. Tialavea is an Eagle Scout. On January 3, 2018, Tialavea married former Gonzaga and BYU-Hawaii volleyball player Kalistina Takau.".

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