- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If football doesn’t work out, Nila Kasitati might have a future in the entertainment business.

The guard’s rookie skit rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me” Wednesday night in front of Washington Redskins teammates and coaches made him internet famous as video went viral.

Linebacker Will Compton posted video of Kasitati singing and players joining in and waving cell phones around like lighters.

To coach Jay Gruden, it was a highlight of the team’s annual rookie tradition.

“He was good because we’ve had some pretty poor performances up to that point,” Gruden said Thursday. “I think Nate Sudfeld, he didn’t get on TV because he was so bad as a singer. He got booed off the stage. (Receiver Josh) Doctston got booed off the stage. We’ve had a couple guys get booed off the stage, so it’s been a tough crowd.”

Players were all in for Kasitati, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma. Compton and tight end Niles Paul asked fans to tag Legend in their tweets so the singer could see Kasitati’s performance.

Kasitati said he sang in church with his brothers as a kid and practiced with fellow guard Shawn Lauvao’s ukulele.

“I got a chance to use it and show a little Aloha sprit to the guys,” Kasitati said. “It got a good response from the guys, everybody was into it and I had everybody singing.”

Kasitati considered defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis’ comedy routine the best rookie skit so far, but that didn’t have the same video impact. Kasitati didn’t expect that kind of reaction or his 15 minutes of fame, but he’ll take it.

“I was sort of surprised,” he said. “The guys sort of helped me out. I don’t know who it was that turned off the lights and then the phones started coming out. That was a lot of fun.”


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