#105 - Reno Mahe - Former Philadelphia Eagle Player & BYU Receiver Discusses Life In The NFL & How He Is Expecting His 9th Child By 40
Mahe, a Cougar alum, returns to BYU after an NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played running back and served as a return specialist for the Eagles, amassing 1,600 return yards in his five seasons. Mahe led the NFL in punt return average in 2005 and played in Super Bowl XXXIX as a member of the 2004 NFC Championship team.
“It is very humbling to have this opportunity,” Mahe said. “I’m excited to return to this unique and great university, and I’m grateful for the chance to contribute to the BYU football program coaching running backs.”
Tongan born and a Brighton High School product, Mahe played running back and receiver for the Cougars in 1998 and in the 2001-02 seasons after a stint at Dixie College where he led the nation in receiving with 57 receptions, 1,387 yards, and 19 touchdowns. He was named a Junior College Gridwire Second Team All-American.
Mahe was one of the best all-purpose players in Cougar history, totaling 166 receptions for eighth all-time, 2,163 receiving yards for 13th and is 11th in all-purpose yards with 3,417. His best season was as a junior in 2001 when he led the Mountain West Conference with 91 receptions, 1,211 yards, and nine touchdowns, earning all-conference honors.
He has coached at various football camps across the country since 2007, including the Ty Detmer Camp. Mahe serves on the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors and has served on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.
Mahe, who has eight children, is married to former BYU volleyball freshman All-American Sunny Tonga. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s in sociology.