Impact Player: Joseph Fauria

The NFL continued to pump out countless amazing performances in

Week 6.

Whether it was Tamba Hali’s 3.5 sacks for a Chiefs defense

that totaled 10 sacks on an athletic and highly mobile Terelle

Pryor, or rookie sensation linebacker Keko Alonzo and his 22

tackles for the Bills in their overtime loss to the Bengals, it is

never easy selecting an Impact Player of the Week.

I am going with another rookie on the other side of the ball who

is making a name for himself, not only because of his play on the

field ,but also because of his outrageous dances in the end zone

after he scores touchdowns.

Joseph Fauria has seven receptions for 66 yards on the season.

You might ask what is so impressive? Five have gone for

touchdowns.

On Sunday, Faurira was 3 for 3, pulling in the hat trick, with

each reception resulting in a touchdown.

One of the most impressive details about Fauria is that he is

young and hungry.

The former UCLA Bruin went undrafted. I was also a Bruin and a

former rookie free-agent myself. I know the grind that it takes to

be successful when you have to work your way up from the

bottom.

A huge disadvantage for UCLA athletes trying to make it in the

NFL is that we miss a good chunk of the off-season training

program. Per NFL rules rookies can’t join their respective

teams until classroom instruction ends or you graduate from school,

whichever happens first.

When you miss four to five weeks of a 10-week offseason program,

it puts you behind the ball from the first day of your pro career.

If you are a high draft pick. you do have some security but players

selected from the fourth round and later typically will not have

any luxury.

Veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh said this about his teammate:

“Dude is awesome you can def tell he is from Cali. From his

jokes to his dances he keeps things live and fun!! As far as his

ability dude is a mismatch for anybody in the red zone. Who are you

going to double CJ (Calvin Johnson) on the outside, Fauria on a LB

or DB, or Reggie Bush coming through the line on a option in

space?”

Not only has Fauria caught the attention of his teammates and

coaches his prowess as a R&B dancer caught the attention of

Jimmy Fallon and N Sync. Fallon donated 50k to a charity of

Fauria’s choice after performing the Bye Bye Bye N Sync dance

after a Week 3 TD against Washington.

This prompted Joey Fatone from N Sync to converse with Fauria on

twitter.

Joseph Fauria is the nephew of former NFLer and two-time world

champ with the New England Patriots (’04,’05) Christian Fauria. For

now, Fauria is the second-best tight end in the family. He might

move up off this blistering pace. Christian’s best season

resulted in seven TD receptions; Joseph is on a pace for 13 scores.