HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Farrington Gov’, Breiden Fehoko just wrapped up his first NFL training camp with the Los Angeles Chargers — in a year unlike any other.
An extra spotlight was placed on Fehoko and the Chargers, as HBO’s critically acclaimed series ’Hard Knocks’, took an inside look at Fehoko and his larger than life family.
In the lighter moments of the fourth episode, we are introduced to Fehoko, the undrafted rookie defensive lineman from LSU, vying for a spot on the Los Angeles Chargers 53-man roster.
During Chargers practice, the former Farrington Gov’ is heard muttering the phrase, ‘show up on tape’ repeatedly — a phrase he learned from some NFL veterans.
“Everything we do is evaluated, whether its a walk through, individual drills, team settings or special teams.” Fehoko told Hawaii News Now. “The best way to get noticed is to show up on tape whether it’s good or bad, if you want to get noticed for something good, show up on tape.”
Without any preseason games this season, undrafted players like Fehoko are facing an uphill battle, having only practice film as their ticket onto the team.
The 23-year-old is not only soaking up the California sunshine, but is also soaking up all the knowledge he can from the tenured players — getting tutored in the art of pass rushing.
“They see something positive in me and then they give me a good job or not even good complements.” Fehoko said. “Hey Breiden lets do this, pick this up here, do this instead of taking that step, do this with your eyes, so it’s always great to receive feedback from those guys.”
The former LSU Tiger is also catching the eyes of some his older teammates, like Chargers standout Melvin Ingram, who complemented the local boy’s passion for the game and football intelligence.
We later see where he found his love for the game — his father.
For over a decade, Vili the Warrior was a staple of the University of Hawaii football team, being the pulse that flowed through the packed Aloha Stadium, where Fehoko has fond memories of game days in the islands.
“My dad had this truck, we had this Ford F-150, he had the flags on it and his Vili the Warrior banner on the back.” Fehoko said. “It would be bumper to bumper, All of my brothers and friends would all bee sitting in the back and people would be honking their horns at us, so those were all of the good times, I Cherish those moments.”
After all of these years, Fehoko’s love for football and the push from his family is what drives him through training camp — a glimpse into a video chat with the entire Fehoko ohana, shows a family full of love and support.
“I’m glad that people got to see, not just the haka, but my culture, my family and people got to see what I’ve been up to in camp.” Fehoko said.
Fehoko’s segment in the show culminated in him doing the haka for his Charger teammates, a chicken skin moment that showcased the Polynesian culture and the warrior spirit, taught to him by his father.
This was one of the more lighthearted moments of this episode, as the overarching theme was the two teams’ reaction and response to the rising tensions throughout the nation, in regards to police brutality and racism.
“The higher-ups, not just coaches or owners and personal, but the players and vets are all one.” Fehoko said. “We’re one unit, we care about each other, we care about whats going on and I was very proud to be a part of that.”
Not only is Fehoko standing solidarity with his NFL teammates, he is also carrying on the Polynesian pipeline to the pros, hoping to inspire the keiki of Hawaii to dream big.
“To know that I represent something bigger than myself, means so much more to me.” Fehoko said. “The image and the platform that I’m on, I know that where ever I go, i’m not just representing my last name Fehoko, but i’m representing the kids out of Hawaii, the kids out of Farrington High school, you can be a guy like me, you can grind out from the bottom and work your way up and just show that everything is going to workout if you put your mind and heart into it.”
The final episode of ‘Hard Knocks: Los Angeles’ premieres next Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Time, on HBO and HBO Max.