Tragedy in RB Matt Asiata’s Family

Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Asiata, Matt (44) rushes to the one yard line in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the thoughts and prayers of The Viking Age are with Minnesota’s running back Matt Asiata and his family.

It was learned by the Salt Lake Tribune that the father of Matt Asiata has passed away in a traffic collision involving the charter bus that he was driving and a construction truck.

Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings fullback Matt Asiata (48) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pita Asiata, the father of Matt and Shawn Asiata. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt, Shawn and their entire family as they go through this extremely difficult time,” University of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement released to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Wittingham is the coach of the team that Matt Asiata’s brothers, Matt and Shawn, played for.  Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the Asiata family.

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