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5 things to know about TE Levine Toilolo

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Five things to know about tight end Levine Toilolo:

1. Levine Toilolo (pronounced La-Veen Toy-lo-lo), 6-8 and 268 pounds, is entering his eighth NFL season. He played his first five years with the Atlanta Falcons and single seasons with the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent the 2019 season.

2. Toilolo, 28, has played in 108 regular-season games with 67 starts and in eight postseason games with five starts. He has played in two Super Bowls, with Atlanta in Super Bowl LI and for the 49ers earlier this year in Super Bowl LIV.

3. His career totals include 97 receptions for 996 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and four catches for 43 yards in the postseason. The Giants' other tight ends are currently Evan Engram, Kaden Smith (a fellow Stanford product), Eric Tomlinson, C.J. Conrad, and Garrett Dickerson. Veteran Rhett Ellison announced his retirement last month.

4. Originally a fourth-round draft choice (133rd overall) by the Falcons in 2013, he started 28 games at Stanford and recorded 50 receptions for 763 yds. (15.3 avg.) and 10 TDs. Twice he picked up Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors. He was a college teammates with Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz.

5. Toilolo isn't the first of his family to make it to the NFL; three of his uncles accomplished that feat before he did. His uncle, Dan Saleaumua, played for the Lions, Chiefs, and Seahawks from 1987-1998. A year later, uncle Edwin Mulitalo joined the Ravens, followed by the Lions, with his career spanning from 1999 to 2008. Joe Salave'a, who is currently a coach at the University of Oregon, played from 1998 to 2003, with his most recent team being the Chargers.

Additionally, two of Levine's cousins played college football, another played college basketball and his sister, Chasity, ran track at the University of Utah. Though Toilolo was born in California, his grandparents hail from Samoa. He majored in information science & technology in society at Stanford.

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