HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There were lots of cheers and celebration for Tyson Alualu Thursday afternoon as the Kalihi native became a Jacksonville Jaguar. Alualu was not expected to go so high in the NFL draft, he says he was shocked be the 10th overall pick,.
"I never thought it would be like this, I give the glory to God. Nobody thought I would be the 10th pick, it's crazy, " says Alualu.
Alualu was with his wife Desire and their two children as friends and family gathered anticipating the moment of a lifetime. His parents, Levaai and Taavao Alualu, are proud of their son,.
"After his name was called, we just stopped and worshipped because it is him, it is God, who has given us this gift," says Tyson's mom, Levaai.
Alualu started playing Pop Warner football in the third grade with the Palama Scorpions and was immediately hooked on football. He was a defensive standout at St. Louis High School, becoming the number two ranked player in the state in 2005. Alualu went on to a remarkable career as a defensive tackle with the Cal Bears, and now a first round pick in the NFL.
"It all started with a dream playing Pop Warner football, I always wanted to play in the NFL. Now that it's coming to pass, it's a reality check for me, I just feel blessed," says Alualu.
Alualu grew up at Kuhio Park Terrace in Kalihi, and he's one of nine children. He says his parents have had some very tough financial times over the years, but with a huge NFL contract on the horizon that will is about to change.
"I just want to give back to my family. My parents have struggled so much and it's been hard for them. Now I have a chance to help them and help my church and help my extended family." says Alualu.
Alualu will leave for Florida next week to join the Jacksonville Jaguars for their first mini camp.