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Old 08-22-2012   #75
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Default Re: Hebron "Loni" Fangupo, DT

Opportunity knocks for rookie NT Hebron Fangupo
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Name game: Big opportunity awaits rookie NT Hebron Fangupo

Texans nose tackle Hebron Fangupo gets his nickname, “Loni,” from Hepeloni. It’s the Tongan version of his first name, which he says is a Biblical site in Jerusalem where the prophet Abraham was buried.

Fangupo’s friends, family, coaches and teammates call him Loni. But his name on the Texans’ roster, per Fangupo’s request, is listed as Hebron.

Why?

“My boss-slash-wife prefers Hebron,” Fangupo said on Wednesday.

Asked about Texans head coach Gary Kubiak seeming to prefer Loni, Fangupo smiled and quipped, “I don’t go home to Coach.”

Moments earlier, Fangupo had explained his name (pronounced HEE-brawn) to a group of reporters at Reliant Stadium as “like LeBron, but Hebron.”

Name intrigue aside, Fangupo (6-0, 319) is a 27-year-old undrafted rookie from BYU with a big opportunity on his immediate horizon. With two preseason games remaining, he and Earl Mitchellare only healthy nose tackles currently on the Texans’ roster. Starter Shaun Cody is sidelined by a back injury. Sonny Harris is headed for injured reserve because of a triceps injury.

“I’ve been taught ever since I got to college, when you get the opportunity, take it,” Fangupo said. “I never wanted to take opportunity in this fashion, to happen in this way. Because going through camp, you build a relationship with every man you’re going through drills with, and you tend to care for them. I personally actually pray for each one of them every day.

“This opportunity coming, I’m not going to take it as like jumping in to take (Harris’) spot or anything. I’m coming in and I hope to get the opportunity to make the Texans fans proud, myself proud, the coaching staff proud, especially my wife back home – for this opportunity to provide for her. So I prayed for that opportunity every day, but I never wanted it to come in this fashion. One promise I will make is I’ll hold the point and I’ll do my best out there...”
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