Lei Talamaivao said he didn’t have a many conversations with Star Lotulelei before the two former University of Utah football teammates began working together in the last couple of weeks as part of Talamaivao’s Elite Rushers Sports Performance, a company he formed to train defensive linemen and linebackers.
“You know, he doesn’t say a lot,” Talamaivao, a former defensive line coach at Idaho State, said by phone Sunday. “He reached out and said he wanted to do some personal training … just get a couple of sessions in.”
“Noise is noise,” Singletary said. “I don’t pay attention to it. There’s always going to be noise if you do good, if you do bad. That’s just what it is.”
Of course, not many words were needed about the drills Talamaivao put the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle through at a Utah high school, because Talamaivao posted two videos of them on social media.
Talamaivao, who was an end on the same Utah line for which Lotulelei played tackle, has been overwhelmed by the positive reaction the videos have drawn from Bills fans, seeing Lotulelei in action for the first time since he opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19 concerns.
“I’ve only posted two videos, and it’s been blowing up,” Talamaivao said. “It’s good to see the fan base talk about the excitement they have for Star.”
Much of that stems from the expectation that Lotulelei’s return should help improve the Bills’ run defense, which was 26th in the NFL in yards per rush allowed (4.62) in the 2020 regular season.