Star BYU football player helps brother qualify for a mission

by | Sep. 23, 2009

Saints & Sports

The two brothers trained for countless hours together in the sweltering heat last summer — with seemingly different motivations.

Harvey Unga was preparing for another football season. His younger brother, Victor, was preparing for an LDS Church mission.

But in reality, because the Unga brothers are so close, the purpose and the motivation were one and the same.

While Harvey (a star running back who rushed for 97 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown last Saturday in a loss to Florida State) was trying to get healthy after an injury-riddled 2008 campaign, Victor, a walk-on defensive lineman for the Cougars last year (he was officially listed at 5-foot-11, 366 pounds), was mandated by church officials to shed a lot of weight in order to qualify for missionary service.

Victor redshirted last season but practiced with the team and cheered on his brother. During the offseason, Harvey was one of Victor's biggest supporters and essentially became Victor's trainer.

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