One of the best pass rushers in University of Washington history has passed away.
KITV-ABC in Hawaii reported Monday that Daniel Te’o-Nesheim has died at the age of 30. The cause of death is not yet known, but it was confirmed by Washington and the two NFL teams he played for: the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All of Montlake mourns the loss of former Husky, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
Deepest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/PHoJpw5xev
— UW Football (@UW_Football) October 30, 2017
The Eagles are saddened to learn of Daniel Te’o-Nesheim’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/1bjLMzA6GR
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 30, 2017
We are saddened by the news of former Buc Daniel Te’o Nesheim’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. pic.twitter.com/mbFCoiqbJT
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 30, 2017
Te’o-Nesheim played at Washington from 2006 to 2009 and finished his career second in school history with 30 sacks. He was a two-time team captain and totaled 115 tackles, 46 tackles and eight forced fumbles. He was the team MVP in 2007.
Te’o Nesheim was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He played one season in Philadelphia, appearing in six games, but was waived ahead of the 2011 season. At that point, he was signed by Tampa Bay and played three seasons for the Bucs. He started 26 games in Tampa, totaling 55 tackles and four sacks.
Te’o-Nesheim was born in American Samoa and lived in Washington as a child before attending high school ball at Hawaii Preparatory School in Kamuela, Hawaii, where he was a standout football player. He became the school’s head football coach in April.
The school released the following statement on Monday:
Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, colleague, and alumnus Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Daniel, a 2005 graduate of HPA, returned to his alma mater in August of 2015 as an assistant football coach and assumed the head coach position in May of 2017. He was also a member of our residential boarding program, serving as a dorm parent. HPA is working to support our students and community through this difficult time. We feel Daniel’s loss acutely in our HPA ‘ohana, and our hearts go out to his family and friends.
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