BYU Football Honoring Sione Veikoso With Helmet Sticker
SALT LAKE CITY – The BYU football program revealed that it will honor the late Cougar offensive lineman Sione Veikoso with a special helmet sticker.
Veikoso passed away in an accident in December 2022. He was 22 years old.
On Monday, March 6, the BYU football Twitter account shared photos of a special helmet sticker to honor Veikoso. The sticker features Veikoso’s initials and jersey number.
“As we start another season, we remember #72,” the team account posted. “RIL.”
As we start another season, we remember #72.
RIL 💙 pic.twitter.com/Lx3mYrmdQh
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) March 6, 2023
Veikoso was involved in an accident in his hometown of Kailua, Hawaii, during the 2022 holiday break. The accident was a construction job that saw a retaining wall collapse. Veikoso was the only person in the accident that has passed away. Three others were seriously injured, according to reports.
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BYU football issued the following statement on Veikoso’s passing:
“On behalf of the entire BYU football family, our thoughts and prayers are with Sione’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. Rest in Love Sione. God be with you till we meet again.”
#BYU OL Sione Veikoso tragically passed away at the age of 22.
Rest in Peace Sione. 💙 pic.twitter.com/6eF5xZfNIj
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) December 31, 2022
Kalani Sitake on the passing of Veikoso
BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake also shared his heartfelt condolences.
“We are extremely saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our brothers, Sione Veikoso. His passing is heartbreaking to all of us. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family as we share in their grief. Our love for you is forever, Sione!”
We are extremely saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our brothers, Sione Veikoso. His passing is heartbreaking to all of us. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family as we share in their grief. Our love for you is forever, Sione! https://t.co/F2xSEynQpM
— Kalani F Sitake (@kalanifsitake) December 31, 2022
Veikoso was part of the BYU football program for one year in 2022. He transferred to BYU from Arizona State. Veikoso was consistently on BYU’s travel roster and was in the two-deep at the end of the season. He was projected to potentially be a starting offensive lineman for the Cougars in 2023.
Veikoso was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission for the Church in Manaus, Brazil. Veikoso graduated from Kailua High School in Hawaii in 2018.
The Cougars are slated to open their 2023 schedule against Sam Houston on September 2. It will be the Cougars’ first season as a member of the Big 12 Conference.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.
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