Another former Utah standout is hanging up his cleats.
A week after former University of Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei abruptly retired from football after being signed to a rookie free agent contract, another one-time Ute is moving on as well.
On Monday, the Green Bay Packers placed Filipo Mokofisi on the reverse/retired list, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced.
Mokofisi’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, confirmed Monday that Mokofisi’s stepping away from football.
Mokofisi, who attended Woods Cross High before enrolling at Utah, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Packers on May 4. Mokofisi was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Utes during his career at Utah, and was twice named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He appeared in 48 games, 35 of which were starts, and finished with 110 career tackles.
Of his 18 tackles for loss in time as a Ute, Mokofisi had 10 sacks.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder spoke to the Tribune in early May regarding chasing his dream of playing in the NFL. His father, Filipo Mokofisi Sr., was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the eighth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. The Packers, Mokofisi explained on May 2, offered the best chance of competing for a coveted NFL roster spot.
“You work hard to get to this point, but now you’ve got to work twice as hard to even make a spot on the team to make your money,” Mokofisi said a few weeks ago. “Now, I’ve got to push forward and put it into another gear and work even harder to see if I can make the team.”
This news comes a week after Mokofisi’s former defensive line partner, Lotulelei, informed the Denver Broncos that he was moving on from the game, too, after signing a rookie free agent contract.