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Letters to Lily: Utah football player writes his own story
Utah football » A Utah football player’s relationship with his daughter is the one he writes.

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That’s his dream; his goals are simpler.

"All I know is that I want Lily to grow up one day and to know that her father was a somebody," he said. "That if she does want to look for me or research who I am, she’ll know that I was someone great — that I did great things in the community, in the classroom, for other people. Football. If I do make it, she’ll understand who I am."

At a glance

Nate Fakahafua

Team » Utah Utes

Position » Defensive end

Year » Sophomore

Hometown » Salt Lake City (Highland High School)

Height » 6-3

Weight » 250 pounds

Notable » The Tribune’s 2010 Class 4A MVP. … Played wide receiver and D-end in high school. … Won state championships in football and basketball as senior at Highland. … Has recorded 19 tackles in four games this season.

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Unless someone asks, Nate keeps these feelings tucked away. Like the black notebook, they live in a secret place, and only he knows what’s inside.

One day, if Lily asks, he will show her.

boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb

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